Summit / Bosche Building


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Summit / Bosche Building. Photos by Buffalo Rising, Bernice Radle, and Buffalo Rising


918 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14202
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Adjacent to: 916 Main Street and Red Jacket Building
Across from: 911 Main Street


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Physical Description

23,000 sq.ft. four-story, Richardsonian Romanesque masonry building, 48' x 122'

Current Condition

Rebuilt and in use


Former carriage factory. Architect: Cyrus K. Porter & Son. Mason: Smith Brothers. Carpenter: Hager & Feist - E. M. Hager
Completed: April 2, 1891. Original Cost: $18,000. Original Owners: Robert C. & Charles C. Bosche (Brothers).
Original Use: First floor offices and carriage repository , second floor carriages and harness displays, basement & third floor - storage, fourth floor - repair shops.
The carriage business can be traced back to 1837. The firm also constructed automobile bodies until its closing in 1914.

'History' courtesy Buffalo Rising

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2004 - The City brought it before the Preservation Board for a demo request that was denied. Rehab would cost less than demo at that time. Neither action occurred.
  • 2005 - Developer Robert Wulbrecht signed a purchase agreement but the planned retail and residential conversion project halted when he couldn't obtain an emergency exit opening onto a privately owned parking lot in the rear.
  • 2006 - The sales contract for 918 Main Street was rescinded upon Wulbrecht's death. A hole develops in the building's roof.
  • March 2009 - Barricades installed on sidewalk to keep public from front facade debris. Greenleaf Real Estate purchases neighboring building (916 Main) and shows interest Summit Building.
  • April 2009 - City applies for RestoreNY grant for internal demolition work and fašade restoration.
  • October 2009 - City is approved for grant. Total cost to stabilize the building is estimated between $300,000 and $500,000.
  • April 2010 - Greenleaf seeks Common Council approval to be designated developer of the City-owned Summit/Bosche Building
  • August 2010 - Stabilization work still pending, as the $1.2 million in state funding from a RestoreNY grant is a reimbursement program. The City must first spend the money for a Phase I environmental study, retain a structural consultant and start the selective demolition and stabilization work to be reimbursed.
  • January 2011 - Stabilization work is bid out. Plans from architecture firm Carmina Wood Morris, PC call for partial demolition and complete reconstruction of the interior superstructure, along with restoration of all wall-bearing masonry and the installation of a new structural roof system
  • August 2011 - Stabilization work begins
  • August 2013 - Stabilization completion expected
  • 2013 - $5.8 million restoration project of 916 and 918 Main
  • Oct 21, 2013 - The Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) approved $255,000 in sales and mortgage tax abatements to aid the adaptive reuse
  • May 2014 - Restoration along with adjacent 916 Main Street is expected to be completed
'Recent Actions' courtesy Buffalo Rising
  • June 2016 - The $6.2 million project was shepherded by Jim Swiezy and his Greenleaf Development & Construction LLC

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Added 2013-01-08 • Last changed 2016-06-17