The Kamman Building

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The Kamman Building
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The Kamman Building, September 2011
The Kamman Building is located in New York
The Kamman Building
The Kamman Building is located in the US
The Kamman Building
Location 755 Seneca St., Buffalo, New York
Coordinates 42°52′33″N 78°50′57″W / 42.87583°N 78.84917°W / 42.87583; -78.84917Coordinates: 42°52′33″N 78°50′57″W / 42.87583°N 78.84917°W / 42.87583; -78.84917
Area 0.18 acres (0.073 ha)
Built 1883
Architect Frank Wellington (F.W.) Caulkins
Architectural style Romanesque Revival
MPS Historic Resources of the Hydraulics/Larkin Neighborhood MPS
NRHP Reference # 10000043[1]
Added to NRHP March 1, 2010

The John F. Kamman Building is a historic commercial building located at Buffalo in Erie County, New York.[2][3] It designed by Buffalo architect F.W. Caulkins and built in 1883. A four story brick building, it was designed in the Romanesque Renaissance style. The Kamman Building is located within the Hydraulics Neighborhood, Buffalo's oldest manufacturing district. A post office substation was located in the building starting in 1893. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.[1]

A 4-story building of "7-rank brick" and Medina sandstone it has a ground floor storefront featuring cast iron pilasters, a lion head ornament and a "The Kamman" sign above the door.[3]

The property was owned by the Kamman family until 1916, when it was sold to the Larkin Company.[4]

The building's location in the Hydraulics area was near the large livestock yards and rail lines booming in the nineteenth-century (Buffalo was second only to Chicago in the number of cattle and hogs it handled). German butchers such as the Kamman family (immigrants who arrived in the mid-1800s) established themselves. Henry Kamman ran a butcher shop at 573-575 Seneca Street and Jefferson Avenue while brother John F. Kamman purchased property in the 700 block of Seneca during the 1850s and early 1860s and built the J. F. Kamman Slaughterhouse including barns, processing buildings, and sheds. The family also lived on the property. The Kamman Building was constructed around 1886 by John F. Kamman at 755-757 Seneca Street. John H. Kamman (son of Henry) continued the trade and the John H. Kamman Company was built into one of the city’s largest meat markets and grocery store chains (including more than 30 stores). The Kamman Building at 757 Seneca Street was home to one of the markets in 1903.[2]



  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places". WEEKLY LIST OF ACTIONS TAKEN ON PROPERTIES: 8/16/10 THROUGH 8/20/10. National Park Service. 2010-08-27. 
  2. ^ a b John F Kamman Building Buffalo as an Architectural Museum
  3. ^ a b [1]
  4. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-07-01.  Note: This includes Jennifer Walkowski and Daniel McEneny (December 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: The Kamman Building" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01.  and Accompanying six photographs

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