Henry Spann

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Henry L. Spann was a theater architect in Buffalo, New York.[1] He is credited with designing about a dozen of the city's theaters as well as ones in surrounding areas including Niagara, New York.[2] He built theaters for cariois owners.[3] He worked with his much younger brother William T. Spann who was also an architect.[4] Spann also designed buildings for Catholic institutions in the area.

Spann's theater designs for Michael Shea incorporated commercial space.[5]

The North Park Theatre he designed remains in existence and efforts were underway to preserve the Sattler Theater on Broadway.[6] Shea's Seneca commercial building section remains and was being proposed for National Register of Historic Places consideration in 2018.[7]


  • Sattler Theater (1914) for retail tycoon John G. Sattler 512 - 516 Broadway in Buffalo[8][9] It became the Broadway Theater had a pipe organ installed and eventually served as a mosque and church. It is terra cotta clad.[10]
  • Savoy Theater on William Street in Buffalo, former home to the Buffalo Criterion newspaper[8]
  • North Park Theatre on Hertel Avenue in Buffalo[8] (open)
  • Abott Theatre in Buffalo (closed)
  • Bailey Theatre in Buffalo (closed)
  • Broadway Theatre in Buffalo (closed)
  • Genesee Theatre in Buffalo (closed)
  • Maxine Theater in Buffalo (closed)
  • Olympic Theater in Buffalo (closed) *Roxy Theatre in Buffalo (closed)
  • Shea's Kensington Theater in Buffalo (closed)
  • Shea's Niagara Theater in Buffalo (closed)
  • Shea's Roosevelt Theater in Buffalo (closed)
  • Shea's Seneca on Seneca and Cazenovia streets in downtown South Buffalo[11] Has been adapted to various ises over the years.[12]
  • Strand Theatre in Niagara Falls, New York (closed)
  • Theater in Batavia, New York[13]
  • South Park Theater (1919) in Buffalo
  • Majestic Theater (1910) at William and Sherman St
  • Mother of Mercy Hospital 1922 brick, stone, and steel[14] and a power house for the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity[15]
  • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church school in Dunkirk, New York[16]
  • House in Parkside[17]


  1. ^ "Buffalo Theaters". buffaloah.com.
  2. ^ "Movie Theaters Designed by Henry L. Spann - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org.
  3. ^ "The American Contractor". F. W. Dodge Corporation. 13 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "BYP Uses Fundraiser Money to Secure Historic East Side Theater". 2013-02-18.
  5. ^ "Shea's Impact on Buffalo – Buffalo Rising". www.buffalorising.com.
  6. ^ "Non-Profit Completes Sattler Theater Purchase". 2008-08-21.
  7. ^ "Shea's Seneca Theater — Preservation-Ready Sites Buffalo".
  8. ^ a b c "Forgotten Buffalo featuring the Sattler / Broadway Theater". www.forgottenbuffalo.com.
  9. ^ "Cinematic gems".
  10. ^ "The Broadway (aka Sattler) Theater, Buffalo, NY". 10 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Looking Backward: Seneca & Cazenovia, December 22, 1945". 21 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Preservation Ready/Shea's Seneca".
  13. ^ "Motion Picture Daily: Formerly Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today". Exhibitors Trade Review, Incorporated. 13 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "Real Estate Record and Builders' Guide". C.W. Sweet & Company. 13 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  15. ^ "The Bridgemen's Magazine". International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers. 13 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  16. ^ "Engineering Record". McGraw Publishing Company. 13 October 2018 – via Google Books.
  17. ^ "Staying Put in Parkside". 22 September 2014.

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