Packard Motor Car Showroom and Storage Facility
Posted by: Rayman
N 42° 54.583 W 078° 51.979
17T E 674170 N 4752998
Quick Description: The Packard Motor Car Showroom in Buffalo, NY was a major distributor of Packard automobiles to the Northeast US in the early 1900s.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 4/16/2007 6:55:47 PM
Waymark Code: WM1E27
The Packard Motor Car Showroom and Service Building is historically and architecturally significant as a distinguished example of an early 20th century automobile showroom and service building in Buffalo. It is further significant as the site of a large Northeast distributorship for the Packard automobile for nearly 30 years. It was designed circa 1926 by Albert Kahn, a noted industrial architect. This new building type known as "automobile showroom" is a three-story reinforced concrete frame building with Neo-classical style features. Each of the Packard buildings featured a showroom in front where cars were displayed, sales offices on a mezzanine level, and a backstage area where cars were stored and serviced. The Buffalo building is further distinguished by the substantial storage space for automobiles reflecting its role as one of Packard's Northeast distrubution sites.
The building was used by Packard until they ceased production in 1958. After that, it was used as a piano store, furniture store, a job training center, and various other office and commercial uses. By 1992, the building fell into disrepair and was taken over by the city for back taxes. The current owner bought the building in 1997 and rehabbed it for use as offices and auto storage.
1325 Main St
Buffalo, NY United States
County / Borough / Parish: Erie
Year listed: 2006
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture, Commerce
Periods of significance: 1927-1958
Historic function: Commerce/Trade: Specialty Store/Auto Showroom/Warehouse/Commerical Storage
Current function: Commerce/Trade: Specialty Store/Auto Showroom/Warehouse/Commerical Storage
Privately owned?: yes
Primary Web Site: [Web Link]
Season start / Season finish: Not listed
Hours of operation: Not listed
Secondary Website 1: Not listed
Secondary Website 2: Not listed
National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed
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