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“Chemical No. 2” Gallery/Art Space is Up For Sale

Prolific Buffalo artist Ben Perrone is putting his unusual studio/gallery building on the market. Only a lucky few people in any given city get a chance to live in such a fabulously updated structure. And when these types of places do get sold here and there, it’s usually a transaction that goes under the radar. Not only is this a captivating building from the outside, it’s also a studio and gallery space. Over the years, Ben has hosted a number of smaller shows at the former brick garage structure (that I assumed was the original Chemical No. 2 Firehouse, but apparently it’s not), but most people know him via his massive art installations at The Burchfield-Penney Art Center.

This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for an artist, or anyone else that can appreciate the never ending creative possibilities of a space such as this. Ben did not include the exact sale price when he passed along his private listing, but did say, “I’m flexible – 500 to 600K depending on terms.” He also noted that this is an 8000 square foot building, with 3000 feet of studio space, another smaller studio, an elegant loft, two bedrooms, kitchen and a “Mirrored Hall”.

I found an Airbnb listing for the house/art space that listed the following features and amenities:

Adjacent to D’Youville College, this space is unique, an old warehouse remodeled for art studios and apartments, with surrounding windows and plenty of light. Bamboo and other unique floors are interesting. A huge pool table dominates the living space. Kitchen is very 50’s style, the bath is average with a shower. The artist owner has a very unique collection, including his 27 foot “Mirrored Hall” and other huge work. Indoor parking.

From the entrance or garage one walks through studio space to stairs that separate the loft from studios below. Next to D’Youville College and a few minutes walk to the famous Kleinhans Music Hall, and streets feature amazing Victorian architecture. Easy access to the Peace Bridge to Canada and the Thruway to Niagara Falls. The Elmwood Strip nearby accesses downtown and goes north to The Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Serious inquiries only. Ben is fielding the requests to show himself. Email him directly @

*The building was built as a livery and boarding stables according to the 1898 city business directory, per a reader submitting this info

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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