WNY Book Arts Center

468 Washington St.


Event Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Last admittance: 3:45 pm
Photography and Filming Permitted; Tripod Prohibited
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Public Restrooms: Yes

Offering: Exhibits, Live Demonstrations, Items for purchase

Visitor Experience: The WNY Book Arts Center is excited to welcome members of our community to our newly renovated hub, located in the heart of the Literary Corridor! Visit us and experience Erie County’s only community letterpress and screen print studios, shop handmade goods from more than 100 artists, view exhibitions in our main and studio galleries, and engage your creative curiosity with a hands-on printmaking demonstration.

Building Description: The WNY Book Arts Center was built in the early 1920’s, and the building was originally
occupied by the BonTon Millinery, a hat company, and then Slotkin, a dress company. At one point it was owned by Hengerer’s Department Store which was located to the south of the property. The building had been most recently occupied by the Jewish Review before Book Arts’ founders purchased the property in 2006. Since its purchase, 468 Washington Street – now home to the WNY Book Arts Center and the Just Buffalo Literary Center – has undergone significant building improvements and renovations, standing as a testament of the power of both public and private investment in the arts to uplift a neighborhood in service to the community.