Torn-Down Tuesday: Main & Amherst in the 1940s

By Steve Cichon

It might be difficult to recognize today’s corner of Main and Amherst in your mind by looking at this photo.

Looking north on Main Street at the Amherst Street intersection, 1940s. (Buffalo Stories archives)

The intersection today is quite different.

Two International Railway Company street cars ambling alongside vehicular traffic is one of those pieces of Buffalo’s past that is difficult to imagine if you don’t remember them running.

And then there’s the Mischler’s Tavern building, which dates to the 1880s and was built before East Amherst Street was constructed.

Buffalo Cement Works, east side of Main Street, 1884. (Buffalo Stories archives)

When this photograph was taken in 1884, the east side of Main Street near Amherst was dominated by Lewis Bennett’s Buffalo Cement Works.

Today, this intersection is dominated by the Amherst Street MetroRail station, the site of which would have been behind the left shoulder of the photographer of the Mischler’s Tavern/street car photo. Had that he turned around, he would have seen the Central Park Market building where the MetroRail station now stands.

Central Park Market building. (Buffalo Stories archives)

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.