This delicate little gem is at (I am guessing ) 1848 Clinton Street. Clinton, the commercial spine of Kaisertown, is still relatively densely populated with storefront buildings. They are mostly modest 2 story wood frame mixed use commercial/residential buildings of the type that may soon be rare but are still ubiquitous around Buffalo. The subtle elegance of this building’s terra-cotta facade stands out in almost jarring contrast to these surrounding work-a-day structures. Above its cornice is what I assume was the company name, Chirst & Naiderek. I searched around for what that would have been but could find nothing. Perhaps this was a monument store? Or, maybe it was a drug store? Buildings built in a more substantial style like this in the outer neighborhoods were most often banks. But this was not a bank. Notice the highly detailed panels and windows at the back side of the big store windows. This suggests that this company had something really good to display. Maybe it was a baker or a confectioner? It seems a bit too serious and formal for that though. The building looked to be empty but still in very good condition.
This building was a new find for me. I love that I can still find stuff in Buffalo which I have never seen before. In fact this is the first time I ever ventured to Kaisertown. I did not even know how to get to this neighborhood until after an unsuccessful attempt without a map a few months ago. For those of you in my position, just follow Clinton all the way out and stop before you get to West Seneca / Cheektowaga. I have plans for a few more stories on Kaisertown but since it is such a new and strange place to me I would love any insight and information that you all might have. Drop a line to BRO if you have something to add about the neighborhood. I am looking toto hear about the old-time stories but would be most interested in knowing people’s perception and perspective on the economic trajectory of the area. Is it stable, improving, declining, etc.? I would also like to know why people choose this part of the city as their home. Leave a note here of contact me through Buffalorising or on FB.