What it looked like Wednesday: National Gypsum Headquarters, 1942

By Steve Cichon

Pointed to as one of Buffalo’s finest examples of Art Moderne architecture, the National Gypsum Headquarters building was built on Delaware Avenue between Chippewa and Tupper starting in 1941.

Buffalo News archives

Buffalo News archives

National Gypsum moved its corporate headquarters from Buffalo to Dallas in 1976, and the building was sold in 1978. The original metal windows were removed during the years the building served as Conrail’s Buffalo office, 1978-88.

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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.