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Saved by Campaign, Metzger Building rehab underway

In April of 2003, The Campaign for Greater Buffalo, alerted by neighborhood residents, sprang into action to block the emergency demolition of the Metzger Building at 842-846 Main Street at Virginia. Under the usual time pressures, The Campaign put together and coordinated a preservation squad of researchers, attorney, and architect/engineer. It worked closely with the Allentown Association to maintain public pressure to preserve the building, a gateway building in the Allentown Historic District. An agreement was worked out in court and with Mayor Tony Masiello to remove the emergency demolition order and devote city insurance proceeds for the arson-damaged building to its stabilization.

A developer, using historic tax credits, is now renovating the 1880 building, designed by George Metzger, and three adjacent buildings into a residential complex with ground floor retail. Metzger designed 842-846 at the age of 25. He went on to design the Lancaster Opera House, the Richmond Avenue M.E. Church, and the old Masten Avenue Armory, at the time the largest armory in the world. He was twice the president of the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.