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Old Posted Apr 14, 2019, 12:24 AM
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Buffalo, New York - Main Street/Fillmore-Leroy

The Fillmore-Leroy neighborhood is centered about 4 miles Northeast of downtown, East of Main Street and adjacent to the Central Park, Parkside, and Kensington neighborhoods. The last decades have not been kind to the residents and this area, but development activity has been accelerating along the Main Street corridor, and new developments are in work on long-neglected properties.

These photos focus on the areas of Main Street near the Tri-Main Center, one of the earliest and most successful recovery and conversions of former industrial space in Buffalo.

The Tri-Main Center was designed by Albert Kahn in 1915 and originally used to assemble Ford Model T's. In the 1930s, it was sold and became an aircraft engine assembly plant, including the then-secret design and build of early jet engines for Bell Aircraft. By the 1940s, it was taken over by Trico for auto parts manufacturing, until it closed when the company moved all of its factories to Mexico in the early 2000s.

Today, the building is fully renovated and occupied with over 100 tenants, and development has spilled over to adjacent industrial buildings and neighborhoods.

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Tri-Main as seen from Main Street bridge over the Belt Line railroad tracks, which have circled the city since the mid-1800s and still in use among area industries.
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Main Street entrance.
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Rear of the Center, now used as the main entrance.
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Adjacent outbuildings have recently been renovated and expanded to include additional commercial and some residential.
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One of the developers has converted the 1894 E.B. Green designed Engine 24 firehouse into his own personal residence.
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Nearby neighborhood, Main Street.
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Former Pierce-Arrow dealership, now a bank.
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They even have a Pierce-Arrow in the lobby.
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Across Main Street the homes follow along the railroad line, many on narrow lots built before autos were available.
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And which leads into the Parkside neighborhood, planned by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1876.
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Just a teaser from Parkside (note that Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House (not shown) is also in the Parkside neighborhood).
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Further south down Main is St. Mary's School for the Deaf.
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In the distance Sisters Hospital, Canisius College, and the apartments from the Delaware District can be seen.
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Main Street businesses.
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Activity along Main has been increasing as the area has been steadily improving all along the length of Main from Downtown to the City Limits and beyond.
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My current Buffalo neighborhood threads
University Heights: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=236332
Hertel North-Park: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=233804
Black Rock: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=233807
Grant Street-West Side: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=233813
Lower West Side: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=236420
Inner Harbor and Buffalo River: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=233674
Delaware District: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=233875
Allentown: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=233812
Hydraulics/Larkinville: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=238547
Medical Campus Area: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=238546

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Old Posted May 4, 2019, 2:21 AM
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This was a Loblaws. Then a Bells. Carrolls was kitty corner. My grandmas house was on Chemung. We used to take the Metro Bus there to shop.
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Nice pics!! Thanks for sharing!!
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Nice pictures!

Why is the neighborhood called Fillmore-Leroy? Obviously that's an intersection in the neighborhood, but it doesn't look like any prominent intersection. It doesn't look like it was some prominent commercial area, although there is one old retail building on the corner, and three flat lots suggest there could have been more. It seems like any other intersection in the neighborhood, so I don't see why that intersection gave the area its name.
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Old Posted May 5, 2019, 1:12 PM
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Nice pictures!

Why is the neighborhood called Fillmore-Leroy? Obviously that's an intersection in the neighborhood, but it doesn't look like any prominent intersection. It doesn't look like it was some prominent commercial area, although there is one old retail building on the corner, and three flat lots suggest there could have been more. It seems like any other intersection in the neighborhood, so I don't see why that intersection gave the area its name.
All those empty lots were filled with many more businesses back in the day, and the corner was the most prominent east-west link back to Main. As late as the early 1980s there was a 3-story building (among others) at the corner which called itself the Cold Spring Warehouse that had first floor storefronts (one was the Revolutionary Communist Party!) and the 3rd floor was open and held concerts and events for people inside and outside the neighborhood.
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Nice Art Deco! Are there any other examples of the style in the neighborhood?
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