Update 2/27/12 at 12:15pm - Additional resources for understanding the extent and magnitude of Buffalo's vacant property crises are available in this post - Vacant/Undeliverable - from 2010. I'd linked to the Buffalo Vacancy, a wiki site maintained and currently updated by Anthony Armstrong, Program Manager at LISC Buffalo. In addition there's a short video in that post which is part of Laura Underhill's graduate work at North Carolina State, showing the extent of vacancy in the City's Cold Springs neighborhood.
See the Brecker Building demolition flickr archive for additional pics.
While discussing the schedule with the demolition crew, I learned that this emergency demolition is also a controlled demolition. This means that nothing can be salvaged. When I was in the building two weeks ago I remembered noticing the transom windows and their square prismatic pieces. These are headed for the landfill. While thinking about the Brecker's additional architectural detail and storied past I was struck with fact that Verlyn Klinkenborg's The Last Fine Time (1990) is set one block away on the corner of Herman and Sycamore.
Please join us on Saturday morning as we bear witness to the destruction of the Brecker Building.
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Related: The Bulldozer's New Map - 57 City-owned residential demolitions reported by the Buffalo News on January 29, 2012. Part II: The Bulldozer's New Map - photos by Mike Puma of 30 of the recently announced 57 City-owned residences scheduled for demolition.
I recently scanned a comprehensive history of the church, which you can download here (.pdf). Check out additional images of this historic site in the Sacred Heart flickr series.
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Update: February 6th - The two West Side properties that have been contracted for demolition - 298 15th Street and 373 14th Street (images after those links) - appear to be in good condition and are located a few short blocks away from two of the Cities most progressive examples of neighborhood reinvestment: The Extreme Makeover House and PUSH Buffalo's projects. Both blocks are experiencing a high level of private investment.