Houk Manufacturing Company (Houk Wire Wheel Corporation)
300-320 Grote Street; 1686-1700 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, Bew York
+42.94295, -78.8795042°56'35" N, 78°52'46" W
Buildings of the Houk Manufacturing Company in Buffalo, New York, are eligible for the National Register under criterion A in the area of transportation because they were the first site in America for the large scale production of wire wheels for automobiles. The buildings are also eligible under criterion C in the area of architecture because they are well preserved examples of the shed type of brick-pier construction that was common for factory buildings in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, before the adoption of reinforced concrete for such buildings and the popularity of the so-called daylight factory. One of the buildings was erected by R. J. Reidpath, a Buffalo engineer who, for other clients, notably the Larkin Company (1907) in Buffalo and the Alling and Cory Warehouse (1911; NR listed 2010) would be an important builder of reinforced concrete factory buildings.
Posted to the NRHP 2-14-2014
- August 21, 2014: Added by Dave King