Hamlin's Department Store / 93 Pearl Ramp
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Photo by Jerry Malloy The Buffalo History Gazette, Mark Paradowski, David Steele, Buffalo News
93 Pearl Parking LLC (Paul Kolkmeyer / Priam Enterprises) per propertyviewer
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database
Ornate six story brick commercial building.
Later a four-story/five-level 97,270 sq.ft., 278-space parking ramp with some first floor retail space. Upper floors consisted of strips of glassy openings and glazed terra cotta cladding.
Original six-story commercial building was demolished.
The parking garage replacement is operational but has been brutalized, with all windows filled in with concrete block. In addition, the ornamental signage and roof detail has been partially removed.
- 1846 - Cicero Jabez Hamlin located in Buffalo, where he engaged in various dry goods businesses until 1871.
- Six-story commercial building on site had a sign for Hamlin's Department Store. This location is also directly behind the Hamlin Block, which housed Barnes, Hengerer, and Sweeney Companies over the years.
- 1925 - 4 story parking ramp replaced the 6 story building
Recent Events and Actions Taken
- June 2016 - Paul Kolkmeyer’s Priam Enterprises purchased the ramp as 93 Pearl Parking LLC for $3.1 million from Victor Pearla Associates
- Summer 2017 - Rehab work is being performed on the garage and its two storefronts. The $2 million renovation is said to include a facade facelift, new roof, new interior lighting, and the removal of the window blocks. Buffalo News
Other Pertinent Facts
- Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District
- BuffaloAH - Cicero Hamlin
- Buffalo Rising, February 2013 - Then and Now, What Were They Thinking? dead link
- Buffalo Rising, June 2016 - Big Deal: Parking Ramp Sold for $3.1 million
- Buffalo News, June 2016 - Kolkmeyer’s firm buys Pearl Street parking ramp for Main Street buildings
- BuffaloAH - Joseph Ellicott Historic Preservation District
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Added 2013-02-04 • Last changed 2017-07-26