Erie Freight House


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Photo: Preservation Buffalo Niagara; Buffalo Rising; Savarino


9 South Street Buffalo, NY 14204
On the Buffalo River. Also known as 441 Ohio Street.
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Fillmore Council District
SBL: 122.14-1-1
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441 Ohio Street LLC, consisting of FFZ Holdings of Buffalo and Savarino Companies, purchased the building for $225,000 on March 12, 2012 from Great Lakes Paper Fibres.
NYS Corporation and Business Entity Database.

Physical Description

A two-story heavy timber frame structure with 550 feet of Buffalo River frontage. Exterior has been clad with metal siding, which is now rusted. Interior woodwork is extensive.

Current Condition

A hole in the roof has seriously compromised the structure--sections of the building have collapsed. The exterior of the Erie Freight House that used to be wood is now clad in rusted metal siding.


Built in 1868 as a freight warehouse for the Erie Railroad. A 20-foot wharf ran the length of the building along the Buffalo River but was removed in 1959. (Buffalo Rising)

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • The Erie Freight House is at risk of being demolished and replaced with a residential development. The building was named a local landmark in January, 2012.
  • 441 Ohio Street LLC purchased the Erie Freight House property in March 2012 from Great Lakes Fibres Corp.
  • Public meeting on the the reconstruction of Ohio Street, January 30, 2013, sponsored by Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation.
  • Oct 10, 2013 - Public hearing before the Preservation Board on Savarino's request to demolish. City Hall room 901 at 5:30pm.
  • Oct 11, 2013 - Preservation Board 5-2 split vote to deny a request to dismantle the city’s last remaining freight warehouse.
  • November 2013 - The Buffalo Common Council has approved the demolition of the Erie Freight House allowing for a 78 unit apartment project to proceed. The development team is a partnership made up of contractor/developer Sam Savarino and Frontier Group of Companies, LLC (formerly FFZ Holdings).
  • March 2015 - Demolition begins, with some unknown amount of material use planned or at least announced.

Other Pertinent Facts

441 Ohio Street, LLC retained the local architectural firm Chaintreuil Jensen Stark to study and determine all reasonable uses for the property including rehabilitation of the existing building. Tredo Engineers was also retained to provide a third party engineering analysis of the building. (Buffalo Rising)


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