Western New York Book Arts Center

468 Washington St.


Hours: VIP Access: 9:00am/General Public: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Last admittance: 5:50 pm
Photography and Filming Allowed
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Public Restrooms: Yes

Offering: Guided Tours, Exhibits, Live Demonstration

Visitor Experience: The WNY Book Arts Center is an educational non-profit dedicated to the preservation and creation of printing and book-related arts. Our building houses bookmaking, letterpress and screenprint studios, and workshop space for classes and visiting groups, a gift shop of unique artist-made items, and a gallery space showcasing the talents of local artists. Visitors to the Center can expect to tour all these unique spaces, and are encouraged to peruse our shop, experience work in our gallery, and try their hand at printing on one of our antique letterpresses!

Building Description: The building was designed by architect John Wingfelder & built in 1922. Since then, the building has had many tenants (originally split into 5 separate shops), including BonTon Millinery, Slotkins Dress Shop, and most recently The Jewish Review. The building was acquired by the founders of WNYBAC Richard Kegler and Carima ElBehairy in 2008 and was opened to the public in 2009. Today, the building is a cultural landmark in the Literary Corridor, housing Just Buffalo Literary Center on the top (2nd) floor), an non profit dedicated to strengthening our community through the literary arts. Their space boasts a Writing Center for local high school students, with robust programming. The WNY Book Arts Center occupies the first and lower floors of the building, boasting an artist gallery, gift shop of handmade items, workshop space, and letterpress & screenprint studios. As an educational non-profit, WNYBAC preserves the art of hand-printing and bookmaking through field trips, workshops, events and more. Since 2008, this building has been a cultural asset, and we hope it will continue to be so well into the future!