Larkin District  ................  Hydraulics District, History

Larkin U Building
239 Van Rensselaer Street, Buffalo, NY

Larkin Development Group: U Building - Official Web Site (July 2012)

Built:
1893 for industrial scrap recycler D. Ullman Sons
Style:
Romanesque Revival Commercial style
Original owner:
 D. Ullman Sons Recycling
Second owner:
1911 Larkin Co.
Larkin Company factory building “U” for 29 years, complete with a bowling alley in the basement for use by members of the Larkin Men’s Club
2011 renovation by Larkin Development Group: "Removed years of red paint from the exterior of the structure ... New roof during this construction season and new, appropriate replacement windows ... Cleared of all antiquated mechanical and electrical systems"  -  The Hydraulics Press (July 2012)
2012 sole tenant:
First Niagara Bank
Renovation funding: LISC invests New Markets capital to redevelop historic Larkin District warehouse for First Niagara Bank offices
Larkin District blog:
The Hydraulics Press (July 2012)
State and National Register of Historic Places:
Nomination


Left: Larkin Square
Far right:
Larkin @Exchange building and parking ramp




Looking north toward Seneca Street.
Note trash at right of building (next photo below)







Center 3 bays


Top: two brick corbel tables ... Triple rows of voussoirs over fan light



Upper two stories, center 3 bays.
Romanesque Revival rounded arches ... Fan lights ... Rough cut stone sills and lintels  ... Paneled spandrel panel ... Pilasters




Rough cut stone sill and lintels  ...   Paneled spandrel panels


Two brick corbel tables ... Triple rows of voussoirs over fan light  ... Pilaster  at right






Main entrance at left (next photo below)









2003 photo of the south elevation ...  Background building at left is the "B, C...N, O" twelve buildings / Larkin Center of Commerce, 701 Seneca St.


Photos and their arrangement 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
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