Buffalo Business First
By Jim Fink
The former Spaghetti Warehouse building, which is poised to redeveloped into a market-rate apartment complex, is one of seven local structures that have recommended to be added to the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.
The recommendations were made by Rose Harvey, New York state commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. By landing the state and national historic places register, owners of the buildings will be eligible for various tax credits and incentives.
In all, Harvey recommended 27 buildings around New York for the historic register,
The local list includes:
• The E.M. Hager & Sons Co. mill building on Elm Street — more commonly known as the Spaghetti Warehouse property. The building dates back to 1878 and was acquired last year by the TM Montante Co., who want to renovate it into 25 market rate apartments.
• The Community of True Inspiration Residence, a 1850 building that was constructed in the Ebenezer hamlet area of West Seneca by the Christian faith-based Community of True Inspiration.
• The Buffalo Zoo main entrance, a WPA-era project designed by John Edmonston Brent, one of the few African-American practicing architects in the early 20th century.
• The Hamlin Park Historic District, near Canisius College, which stands as an example of a middle-class African-American inner city neighborhood with homes dating back to the early 1900s.
• The Meldrum-Edwards Building in downtown Buffalo, a 1909 era structure that once housed the H.A. Meldrum Department Store. It is now the Antonio, one of Ellicott Development Co.’s residential projects in the central business district.
• The Town of Tonawanda Municipal Building on Delaware Avenue in the Village of Kenmore. Another WPA-era building with a heavy art deco design.
• The Herschell-Spillman Motor Co. complex on Thompson Street in N. Tonawanda, which was built in 1915 and considered a prime example of early 20th century “daylight factory” buildings.