Erie County Sheriff’s Office – Buffalo NY

Description

Originally the Erie County Jail, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in Buffalo, New York was constructed with federal Public Works Administration funds (Docket No. 1282-D). Construction began February 1937 and the building was completed in 1938.

According to a local newspaper at the time, the jail, Architect Maxwell James claimed was “so escape-proof [that] neither wall nor fence is needed.” The fifth floor of the structure was set aside for female inmantes.

The building has since been integrated into a larger law enforcement and penal complex that includes the Erie County Holding Center.

Source notes

http://fultonhistory.com/Newspaper4/Binghamton%20NY%20Press%20Grayscale/Binghamton%20NY%20Press%20Grayscale%201937.pdf/Binghamton%20NY%20Press%20Grayscale%201937%20-%200098.pdf

National Archives Record Group 135-SAR:
Prints: Photographs rejected for use in the Photographic Report to the President:
“Survey of the Architecture of Completed Projects of the PWA, 1939”;
Box 14: New York State; Folder 8: Penal Institutions.
National Archives and Records Administration, Negative P-269
National Archives and Records Administration, Negative P-270

Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on August 3, 2014.

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Location Info


10 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14202

Coordinates: 42.884103, -78.879170

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