Spotlight Tour: Larkin Commerce Center
John D. Larkin built his Larkin Company into an industrial powerhouse based on the manufacturing of soap. The Larkin Company’s main manufacturing facility is now known as the Larkin Center of Commerce at 701 Seneca Street. The facility is comprised of 12 contiguous buildings, the first of which was constructed in 1890, and in total cover 1.3 million square feet over 8 floors. On this tour, you will learn the history of the Larkin Company and view sections of the building that were in the original condition when the current owners purchased the building.
You’ll also have a rare chance to see the room where vats over two stories high once contained the soap products, along with original metal firewall doors, original wood floors, and areas that are in the process of being developed as well as completed Class A office spaces. The Larkin Gallery highlights the rich history of the building with a large collection of Larkin Company products and samples of “premiums” offered in the Larkin catalogue which grew to be larger than Sears & Roebuck. This building is one of the cornerstones of the re-development of the Hydraulic District, also known today as Larkinville.
Meet inside the entrance to the Larkin Commerce Center at 701 Seneca Street, Buffalo, NY 14210. Street parking is available on surrounding streets and is free after 5 PM.
- Space on this tour is limited, and reservations are required.
- This tour will be approximately two hours in length.
- Interior photography is allowed.