The JR Barrington

Theater District, Buffalo, NY

The J.R. Barrington, located at 686 Main Street, is a mixed-use building housing impressive residential and commercial spaces in the heart of Buffalo’s booming Theater District. Constructed in 1901 in the Beaux Arts style, the building’s facade features lavishly detailed white terracotta decoration, immediately setting it apart from other structures in the area. Inside, the J.R. Barrington features fully-renovated one- and two-bedroom apartments and lofts.

These apartments include high-end finishes like refinished tiger maple hardwood floors, quartz countertops and all-new stainless steel appliances. The J.R. Barrington is walking distance to the finest dining, culture and entertainment that Buffalo has to offer. Available on-site parking makes commuting convenient and easy access to the Metro Rail makes traveling to the medical campus, university, downtown offices or the waterfront simple as well. At the J.R. Barrington, you’ll live in timeless style in one of Buffalo’s most exciting neighborhoods.

For Leasing Information call 716.622.0571

Modern Apartments & Lofts

One- and Two-Bedroom Apartments and Lofts

The apartments and lofts at the J.R. Barrington are perfect for those who are looking for high-end accommodations located near some of the city’s most popular destinations.

Each apartment includes high speed internet cable, water, garbage and swipe card access into the building. All apartments are pet-friendly subject to Priam Property Management Pet Policy.


  • Newly Renovated Features
  • Tiger Maple Hardwood Floors
  • Quartz Countertops
  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Unique Floor Plans
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Take advantage of the best the city has to offer.

Easy access to everything.

The J.R. Barrington is located in Buffalo’s Theater District, which features some of the city’s finest restaurants and nightlife as well as world-renowned culture and entertainment. Shea's, 710 Theatre, Smith Theatre and the Road Less Traveled Theatre are all within walking distance, as are dining establishments like Dinosaur BBQ, Cabaret, Buffalo Chophouse, Bacchus, EXPO, Tempo and Buffalo Proper. You’ll also be a stone’s throw away from the medical campus and all of downtown, making commuting a breeze.
Easy access to culture...
...the medical campus…
...and the best of downtown Buffalo.

Eye-catching since 1901.

The J.R. Barrington has been turning heads for over a century.

The J.R. Barrington was originally constructed by the George N. Pierce Company, a manufacturer of bicycles, motorettes and automobiles. The original architects were students of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, known for rich, lavish details and highly decorated facades.

In the 1930s, the Mendelson Furniture Company bought the building, using it as an impressive showroom for 40 years before selling to jeweler Sid Birzon in the 1970s. In the early 2000s, the “Birzon Building” became the J.R. Barrington, home to some of Buffalo’s finest residential and commercial spaces.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is a small coin-operated laundry facility on the same floor as the apartments.

The JR Barrington is pet-friendly subject to the Priam Property Management Pet Policy and an additional security deposit and small monthly fee.

The JR Barrington has a parking lot option for one lot spot or one garage spot per tenant. Contact our leasing team to review specific details in the lot/garage options.

The JR Barrington rent includes your monthly water and trash fees, standard cable and hi-speed internet through Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable).

Yes, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) allows you to add on additional services to your cable and internet package for an additional cost. Any modifications to your service plan must be paid directly to Spectrum.

Yes, tenants pay their own gas and electric which is separately metered for each unit. All apartments come standard with brand new high efficiency furnace/air conditioning units as well as LED light fixtures which will keep your monthly utility costs low.

Each apartment at the JR Barrington is furnished with a new stainless steel refrigerator, electric (gas) stove, dishwasher, microwave and garbage disposal.

Each tenant at The JR Barrington will be provided with a swipe card (fob) for access into the building. Once inside you will use your key to open and lock your actual unit. The JR Barrington is equipped with cameras at the main entrances of the building. All security cameras are recorded. Additionally, we offer a 24/7 emergency maintenance line.

Yes, all tenants are provided with access to the Priam Property Management 24-hour emergency service telephone line at (716) 580-3136. Tenants should call this number immediately in the event of no heat, plumbing overflows or leaks, lockouts or any other situations that could cause personal harm and/or damage to building.

The JR Barrington offers one freight elevator closest to Main St. entrance.

Yes, we offer additional secured storage in the basement for an additional monthly fee.

Smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited inside and around the premises of the JR Barrington.

Contact Us

Interested in living at the JR Barrington? Call or fill out the form for more information.

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255 Pearl Street, Suite C004. Buffalo, NY 14203 P: (716) 622-0571 | F: (716) 856-6006