Riverside Men's Shop


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Riverside Men's Shop. Photos by Forgotten Buffalo


783 Tonawanda Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
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Charles Faso

Physical Description

Art-Deco styled storefront on a corner parcel.

Current Condition

Demolished for a vacant lot.


  • A Riverside fixture since 1918, owned by the Ehrenreich family.
  • Late 1930s / Early 1940s - Fire destroys original building. Art Deco replacement is constructed.

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2005 - The original Riverside Men's Shop closed after Williamsville and Amherst stores were opened.
  • September 2010 - Charles Faso purchased the properties from the Plaza Group for $15,000.
  • January 2011 - Faso applied for demolition permits to take down 783-89 Tonawanda Street and 190 Ontario Street
  • February 2011 - The Buffalo Preservation Board at its meeting last week unanimously voted to "recommend not to demolish" 783 and 789 Tonawanda Street but allowed a rear structure at 190 Ontario Street to come down citing its poor condition.
  • May 9, 2011 - All buildings on parcel demolished
  • September 2012 - Campaign for Greater Buffalo speaks out about late night demolitions following the loss of an 1800s storefront on Main, Bernstones Cigar Store:
"Commissioner James Commerford of the City of Buffalo Department of Permit and Inspection Services apparently is flouting the law on public notice once again (He has failed to notify the City Landmark and Preservation Board several times of "Emergency" demolition orders, as required by the City Charter, most recently in the case of the Riverside Men's Shop and Wheeleer grain elevator demolitions)."

Recent Events courtesy Buffalo Rising

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Featured the city's first air-conditioning, first plate-glass doors, and first fluorescent lighting. Forgotten Buffalo
    • On the demo application, Faso declared the building or site did not contribute to the history of the city, the building design was not unique or innovative, and the building was not a visual landmark in the neighborhood or city.Buffalo Rising


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Added 2013-05-14 • Last changed 2016-05-08