Buffalo Gas Light Company Works
Posted by: Rayman
N 42° 53.086 W 078° 52.949
17T E 672920 N 4750193
Quick Description: Only the facade remains of this historic building.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 5/7/2006 6:56:07 PM
Waymark Code: WMC5F
When built in 1848, the Buffalo Gas Light Company stood on both Lake Erie and the Erie Canal. From both, coal could be handily unloaded for the gas company, which then manufactured it into illuminating gas. The present distance of the building from the water reveals the great extent to which the waterfront has been filled in over the years.
Buffalo's first architect, John H. Selkirk, designed the arcaded Romanesque facade in 1859. The outstanding feature of the building, the 250-foot façade, is constructed of ashlar stone.
The facade is going to be incorporated into the new Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western New York headquarters.
249 West Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY United States
County / Borough / Parish: Erie
Year listed: 1976
Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering, Event
Periods of significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899
Historic function: Industry/Processing/Extraction: Manufacturing Facility
Current function: Vacant/Not In Use
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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