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FIRE STATION NO. 15

Fire Station No. 15 on Amherst Street, near Niagara Street, is an example of the "arts and crafts" style that flourished in Buffalo before World War I. The firehouse was built around 1912 to help protect the Black Rock area, according to Austin M. Fox, author of "Designated Landmarks of the Niagara Frontier." It was abandoned in the late 1970s, then converted to several large apartments

This was one of three "clones," two of which -- on Elmwood and Amherst near the former Pierce-Arrow plant, and on Main Street, near Bennett High School -- are still used as fire halls.

The architectural style flourished from 1876 until 1916, when Gustav Stickley's "Craftsman Magazine" ceased publication. That magazine was the organ for the arts and crafts movement, which reached its height in Buffalo around 1912.

Parkside Avenue and Tillinghast Street contain the best examples of arts and crafts cottages and bungalows in the city.

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