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Lockport's Bewley Building nominated to National Register of Historic Places

The Bewley Building, a five-story commercial structure at Main and Market streets in Lockport, was approved Thursday for listing on the State Register of Historic Places, and the state Board for Historic Preservation also recommended it for the National Register of Historic Places.

The former building on the site, the Hodge Opera House, burned down Feb. 28, 1928, and parts of its ruined walls were incorporated in the foundations when work began on the Bewley Building later that year.

Buffalo architect Clinton Brown, whose firm produced the application, said it opened March 9, 1929, named for the family that owns it, and has long been a key part of the Lockport business scene. It hosted a Sears store until 1966, when the building underwent a major renovation.

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