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My Favorite Buildings: Christ & Naiderek

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.

 

 

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( www.blurb.com ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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