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Larkin Building B, C... / Larkin Center of Commerce
Former Larkin Company “B, C, D, D Annex, E, F, G, H, J, K, N, O” Building
701 Seneca Street, Buffalo NY
South: Exchange St. ... North: Seneca St. ... East: Van Rensselaer Street  ... West: Larkin St.

Larkin Center of Commerce - Official Website (online April 2014)

Built:
1895-1913
White resurfacing:
Added in the 1960s
Architect:
Reidpath, R. J. and Sons

TEXT Beneath Illustrations



2014 photo.
Left: North elevation (Seneca St.) Front ... Right: West elevation (Larkin St.)



2012 Photo ... North elevation (Seneca St.) ... Main entrance.
The building was resurfaced in a cement-like finish sometime in the 1960s ... The 1.3 million sq.ft. complex is a series of 12 contiguous buildings ...  It was completed in 1913 by the Larkin Company ... The single largest building in Buffalo ... Located within Buffalo's oldest manufacturing district, the Hydraulics Neighborhood.



2012 Photo ... North elevation (Seneca St.) ... Main entrance.


1940s photo ... 701 Senecas St. ... East (Van Rensselaer Street) and north (Seneca St.) elevations.
Dark building at far left DEMOLISHED because of fire in 1951.



1999 Photo ... South elevations (Exchange St.)
Left: 290 Larkin St. ... Right 701 Seneca St.: Larkin  Company B, C, D, D Annex, E, F, G, H, J, K, N, O Buildings (2014 Larkin Center of Commerce)


1999 Photo ...  Larkin Company B, C, D, D Annex, E, F, G, H, J, K, N, O Buildings (2014 Larkin Center of Commerce)


2014 photo ... South elevation (Exchange St.).
Left: 290 Larkin St. ... Right  701 Seneca St. / Larkin Center of Commerce.


2014 photo ... South elevation (Exchange St.)
Left: 290 Larkin St. ... Right: Larkin Center of Commerce



1999 Photo ... Brick corbel tables



2014 Photo ... Brick corbel tables



1999 Photo ... Larkin Center of Commerce interior of a space ready for renovation



1999 Photo ... Larkin Center of Commerce interior of a space ready for renovation



2014 photo ...South elevations (Exchange St.).
Left: 290 Larkin St. (former Larkin Company “L, M” Building) ... Center: Larkin Center of Commerce ... Right: Larkin@Exchange Building



1999 photo. South (Exchange St.) elevations.
Left
: 701 Seneca St. (2014 Larkin Center of Commerce) ... Right: Larkin@Exchange Building



1999 photo. North (Seneca St.) elevations.
Left 701 Seneca St. (2014 Larkin Center of Commerce) ... Right: Larkin power plant



Billboard on the building - left panel



Billboard on the building - right panel


701 Seneca Street (former Larkin Company “B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, K, N, O” Building)

The most massive of the buildings associated with the Larkin Company in the Hydraulics, this large edifice is actually a combination of several smaller building components which were constructed at various stages between 1898 and 1913.

Primarily a 6-story industrial building, it features numerous aligned and regularly spaced window voids, loading docks and shipping bays on the ground floor and a corbeled cornice along some portions of the roofline. The building was resurfaced in a cement-like finish sometime in the 1960s,

The Larkin Company was among the most successful and innovative companies of its day, boasting $30 Million in annual revenue as early as 1900.

The largest building in the historic Larkin District of the City of Buffalo, the Larkin Center of Commerce at 1.3 Million square feet is home to almost 100 businesses and professional service providers.

This extraordinary facility was completed c1906 by the Larkin Company to provide manufacturing, retail and administrative support services for the company. At over 30 acres under roof, comprised of 12 contiguous buildings, it is the largest of the Larkin Company structures.

See also A Brief History of the Larkin Company

701 Seneca is a leftover from the days when Larkin dominated the scene of mail order household goods. It appears to be one massive building, but in fact it’s eight different buildings that have been connected into a single complex totaling around 1.3 million sq. ft.

701 will be restored to the appearance it was in the 1950s/1960s with a full stucco façade. The main reason for this is due to the associated costs of the stucco removal and the resulting damage to the bricks beneath. When the stucco is removed it leaves multiple two inch holes in the brick and would damage the brick to the point of not being restorable.

One of the best improvements that will be made will be the installation of shop windows on the ground floor, as was the historical presence on Seneca Street.

- Neil Garvey, 701 Seneca: The Larkin Center of CommerceBuffalo Rising, Nov 22, 2010   (online April 2014)

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Photos and their arrangement © 2014 Chuck LaChiusa
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