Significant History at Mason and Breckenridge Streets
Mason Street, a short industrial stretch just west of Niagara Street in Buffalo's Blackrock District and directly north of Rich Products, is a historically significant block within Buffalo's past. In the early 20th century, Mason Street became home to the Sterling Engine Company, essentially wiping out most of the remaining homes on the strip and leaving 19 Mason as the last residential structure left (which is still used as a home today). Breckenridge Street, home to the historic 1827 Union Meeting House (lead image), is a beautiful example of the once popular cobblestone streets that were common within Buffalo. The Union Meeting House at 44 Breckenridge Street was built on land donated by Major General Peter Porter, an important figure in the War of 1812, the first congressman from Buffalo, and John Quincy Adams’s secretary of war among his other accomplishments. The structure is a very rare Federal Style, and the only Federal Style Church still found in Buffalo today. The street name Breckenridge came from the maiden name of Porter's wife. Most importantly, this immediate area is believed to have played a role within the Buffalo Underground Railroad route. The source I used for the history in this article and within the captions is courtesy of Chuck LaChiusa of Buffaloah.com.