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Parkside Candy Shoppe & Factory

Candy Shop
Candy Shop
Candy Shop Ice Cream Counter

Parkside Candy Shoppe & Factory

3208 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

  • Date Built: 1925-1928
  • Total QREs: $400,000
  • Total HTCs: $200,000, Federal; $200,000 State.

Preservation Studios’ Role:

Preservation Studios collaborated with Frank Kowsky and Martin Wachadlo on this project. Frank and Martin completed the Part One and National Register nomination and Preservation Studios completed the Part Two of the Historic Preservation Certification Application.


The present location of Parkside Candy in University Heights is actually its second location, the first being further down Main Street at the corner of West Oakwood. The company has a long tradition of providing fine chocolates and other treats to generations of Buffalonians and still continues to produce many of the same quality offerings today. The candy shop and factory were built between 1925 and 1927, with the factory expanded in 1928.

The candy shop and adjacent factory are great examples of an independent candy store and manufacturer that were once commonplace in American cities. Additionally, the interior of the candy shop is one of the finest Adams Revival designs within the City of Buffalo. Local architect, G. Morton Wolfe designed the shop and factory as well as many other commercial and high style buildings, such as the Circle Theater on Connecticut Street. Although only dating to the mid-1950s, the neon sign gracing the front of the building has been a landmark and will be replaced with a replicated sign as part of the rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation of the building will focus on freshening up the candy shop space with new flooring, light fixtures, and general repairs. The original grandeur of the space will be preserved and detailed plaster work and features will all be repaired as required. Apartments on the second floor of the building will also be updated while respecting the unique character and woodwork throughout each.


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