Pierce Arrow Factory Complex

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Pierce Arrow Factory Complex
Pierce Arrow Factory Complex Dec 09.JPG
Pierce Arrow Factory Complex, December 2009
Pierce Arrow Factory Complex is located in New York
Pierce Arrow Factory Complex
Pierce Arrow Factory Complex is located in the US
Pierce Arrow Factory Complex
Location Elmwood and Great Arrow Aves., Buffalo, New York
Coordinates 42°56′34″N 78°52′26″W / 42.94278°N 78.87389°W / 42.94278; -78.87389Coordinates: 42°56′34″N 78°52′26″W / 42.94278°N 78.87389°W / 42.94278; -78.87389
Area 34 acres (14 ha)
Built 1906
Architect Kahn, Albert; Et al.
NRHP Reference # 74001234[1]
Added to NRHP October 1, 1974

Pierce Arrow Factory Complex is a national historic district consisting of the former Pierce-Arrow automobile factory located at Buffalo in Erie County, New York. Located over a 34-acre (14 ha) site, it consists of a three story, 132,970-square-foot (12,353 m2) Administration Building and an assortment of automobile manufacturing and assembly related structures. The buildings are principally constructed of reinforced concrete, and the Administration Building is considered one of the two earliest fully realized examples of the Daylight Factory industrial architecture style (the other being the Packard 10 Building in Detroit).[2] :p.82 It was designed by Albert Kahn in about 1906 and served as the headquarters and production facility for Pierce-Arrow automobiles until 1938. Since then, the complex has been subdivided over the years to provide affordable space for many small companies and organizations. At one time local department store chain AM&A's operated a furniture warehouse in part of the complex.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Banham, Reyner (1989). A Concrete Atlantis: U.S. Industrial Building and European Modern Architecture 1900-1925. Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-02244-3. 
  3. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-05-01.  Note: This includes Cornelia E. Brooke (April 1974). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Pierce Arrow Factory Complex" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-05-01.  and Accompanying five photographs

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