Every commercial street has an iconic building or two that defines and anchors a district. These buildings can be theaters, like the North Park, or they can be old bank buildings, such as Shakti Yoga headquarters on Grant Street. Often times, it takes a visionary to be able to see the true potential in these types of cornerstone buildings – someone who is willing to invest in the structures, while retaining a crucial tenant… both parties are duly considered visionaries and pioneers.
One of these iconic buildings recently popped up on the radar of Design Block on Facebook, and is causing a bit of a stir. It was back in 2013 when Steele first wrote about the charmer – dubbed the Christ & Naiderek building – upon which time he wrote:
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?
The building, located at 1848 Clinton Street, is currently being featured on Facebook Martetplace for $125,000. The listing states, “Originally built in 1925 and offers 3600 square foot of commercial space. Building is currently utilized as a wood worker’s shop (photos featured). All equipment in building is negotiable.”
Kaisertown has some great historic infill, and some wonderful old mainstay businesses. At the same time, there are some real architectural disrupters to the district, as well as some large parking lots. The right owner, with the right reuse, could do wonders for this area.