Work is underway to save the historic Summit Building's façade at 918 Main Street in the Allentown Historic Preservation District. The City applied for and received Restore New York funding to complete internal demolition and façade restoration work.
The four-story, Richardsonian Romanesque masonry building is located next to the Red Jacket Apartments, south of Allen Street. It is a former carriage factory built in the 1880's and designed by Cyrus K. Porter, a well-known Buffalo architect. While the front facade is intact, the roof started collapsing over three years ago.
Nearby, Hospice Buffalo has begun renovations to its building at 892 Main Street. According to a description of the work on the Preservation Board's June agenda, do not expect a major transformation:
"Remove existing canopy. Install new aluminum storefront windows on first floor. Install drivit (sic) on first and second floors and reinstall canopy as per application received 6/16/09."