Buffalo Neighborhoods: Larkinville

What do food trucks, an old soap warehouse and unofficially the world’s largest pergola all have in common? Anyone outside of Buffalo may have no idea what this could be or if it is even a real place. But to Buffalonians, we know this quirky combination simply as Larkinville.

Initially, Larkinville was comprised of the Larkin Administration Building (pictured left), a soap distribution plant that was designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1906. The building itself was state-of-the-art for its time because the building included air conditioning, stained glass windows and built-in desk furniture. Larkin Soap Company grew to one of the largest mail-order product suppliers during the duration of their business.

While the Administration building was demolished in 1950, the Terminal Warehouse still stands today overcasting Larkin Square. The square is what truly defines Larkinville. A wide array of events take place in the neighborhood ranging from bike races to the Buffalo Air Band Competition, in addition to “Live at Larkin,” the free concert series that runs all summer long.

Along with views that make you feel as though you’re transported to another city, Larkinville encompasses one aspect of Buffalo that all Buffalonians can relate to: food. Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Larkin Square hosts Food Truck Tuesdays where over 25 different food trucks meet to feed the hungry visitors. No need to worry about walking a marathon just to find a parking spot, parking is available and free. Plus, you can catch some shade under that massive pergola!

So if you and your friends are looking for a new and exciting place to visit, drop your GPS and head to Larkinville to discover history-turn-modern-day fun and place-making at its finest.