980 Ellicott Street


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980 Ellicott Street
980 Ellicott Street
980 Ellicott Street
980 Ellicott Street
Photo credit: PRS, John Straubinger

980 Ellicott Street, Buffalo NY 14209


  • Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, former owner was the Osmose Corporation

Physical Description

  • Small brick house.
  • Adjoined to other, light industrial buildings in the Osmose complex.

Current Condition


  • Part of the light industrial complex of the Osmose Corporation.
  • The entire complex was recently purchased by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
  • Tim Tielman believes it to have been designed by E.B. Greene.
  • GT Apfel: "Next door to this home, at 988 Ellicott Street, is where the first Playboy Motor Cars were manufactured in the mid-1940's. Prior to that, the home and 988 were part of the Brunn & Co. custom car builders, who built luxury custom automobiles for notable people like JP Morgan and the Shah of Iran."

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • BNMC has requested permission to demolish this building.
  • The City of Buffalo Preservation Board has been pressuring the BNMC to provide evidence of soil contamination beneath the building and has discussed landmark designation.
  • April 3, 2017 - The Campaign For Buffalo, History, Architecture & Culture got a temporary restraining order in State Supreme Court late Friday after the city issued a demolition permit for the brick house at 980 Ellicott Street.
  • April 7, 2017 - State Supreme Court Justice Diane Y. Devlin left a temporary restraining order preventing the demolition in place at least until a court date June 5.
  • DEMOLISHED JUNE 28, 2017.
  • Jessie Fisher of PBN: "The judge found in favor of the demolition. The plaintiffs do plan to appeal the ruling, but they did not have an injunction, so while AWFUL, the demo was in fact legal."

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Added 2017-03-28 • Last changed 2017-06-29