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Artspace Buffalo Lofts

An Economic Engine for Midtown

1219 Main Street, Buffalo, NY, 14209

Artspace Buffalo

Community Garden

Resident Musicians

Students at The Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology

Resident Artist

Main Entrance

Main Street


Interior Studio

Mark Making: Artspace Buffalo, New York

Mark Making Exhibition



Like many other American cities, Buffalo has long sought ways to spark economic development in the aging neighborhoods around its central business district. As part of its efforts, in 2004 the City invited Artspace to redevelop the historic Buffalo Electric Vehicle Company factory in the Midtown neighborhood into an affordable artist live/ work project. Built in 1911, this five-story factory had once played a leading role in Buffalo’s thriving automobile industry. Later it housed a printing business, but it had stood vacant for more than 15 years when it was acquired by Artspace.

Artspace Buffalo Lofts, developed in partnership with the Belmont Shelter Corporation, now provides 60 units of affordable housing for artists and their families. There are 36 units in the historic factory; the remaining 24 units are in six newly constructed fourplexes built on vacant land behind the factory. The $17.6 million project includes commercial space on the main floor of the factory building as well as a two-level community gallery that is managed by the property’s resident artists.

In 2010, Manchester Bidwell Corporation announced that it would establish a new training facility, the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, at the Artspace Buffalo Lofts. The new center offers after-school visual arts programs for at-risk urban high school students as well as health sciences career training for under-employed and unemployed adults. 

Development Cost

$17.6 million


Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects

Development Partner

Belmont Shelter Corporation

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Our Thanks to...

City of Buffalo Office of Strategic Planning 
Economic Development Initiative
Housing and Urban Development Appropriation
Empire State Development Corporation
M&T Bank
New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation
New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal
RBC–Apollo Equity Partners
The Community Preservation Corporation


The Baird Foundation
The Cameron Baird Foundation
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Peter C. Cornell Trust
M&T Charitable Foundation
National Trust for Historic Preservation / HGTV Restore America Program
The John R. Oishei Foundation
Seymour H. Knox Foundation
Margaret L. Wendt Foundation
Zemsky Family Foundation