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J.N. Adam / AM&A's Department Store

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Location

377 Main Street, Buffalo NY 14203
Also known as 383-393 Main or 385 Main
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Ellicott Council District
SBL: 111.13-14-2
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Next to: Brisbane Building
Across from: Adam Meldrum & Anderson Original Department Store, Iroquois Hotel, and AM&A's Warehouse

Owner

New Horizons Acquisitions LLC
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Physical Description

350,000 sq.ft combination of 5 historic buildings into one department store. Two of the buildings were designed by Green & Wicks in 1891 and 1895. Esenwein & Johnson designed a third in 1909. Starett & Van Vleck did the most modern additions.

Current Condition

Secure but abandoned. Some masonry issues on Washington Street side.

History

  • 1881 - J.N. Adam founded at 292 Main Street by James Noble Adam, a brother of Robert B. Adam (a founder of AM&A's)
  • 1890s - Flagship store of the J.N. Adam department store moves to Main and Eagle Streets
  • 1946-1948 - Store expansion with twelve story addition
  • 1960 - J.N. Adam closes. Adam Meldrum and Anderson moves in flagship store from across the street
  • 1993 - CEO Robert Adam III, grandson of the founder, dies.
  • 1994 - AM&As chain purchased by Bon-Ton
  • 1995 - Bon-Ton closes downtown location
  • 1999 - Specialty retailer Taylors closes after eight months

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • 2006 - Purchased for $2,050,000 by New Horizons. Had announced a $60 million restoration wiht 180 apartments and ground floor retail
  • 2007 - "Carl Paladino and Paul Ciminelli urged their fellow Buffalo Place Inc. directors to join their crusade to have the 10-story building torn down, along with a neighboring warehouse on Washington Street, and have both sites converted into much-coveted shovel-ready land." Business First Buffalo
  • 2009 - Discussion of Rocco Termini purchasing building for a $70 million restoration with 117-room hotel, food court, office space and apartments
  • 2012 - Lack of historic preservation tax credit cap increase in NYS cited as reason Termini deal fell through
  • October 2014 - The City of Buffalo is looking for the State Attorney General to force the sale of the old AM&A’s building because Horizons Development, based in Long Island, has done “minimum code compliance” and the building is deteriorating.

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