Buffalo Sanborn Map 1925-1951 Vol. 1


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"University of Buffalo" newspaper article about the Moonglow Cub.

April 2, 1954

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Known Name(s)

Moonglow (Primary)
The Moonglow Club ()
Club Moonglo ()


Michigan & Williams Buffalo, NY

Establishment Type(s)

Night Club

Physical Status



Two-story building with composition roof at the corner of Michigan, William, and Vine Alley. According to the 1925-51 Sanborn map, the height from the ground to the roof of 460-464 Michigan was 20 feet. The walls were 12 inches thick on both stories. There was a one-story kitchen on the back of building with composition roofing. On Vine Alley, the nightclub, restaurant, and kitchen adjoined a filling station.

Detailed History

Down the street from Ann Montgomery's Little Harlem, the Moonglow was part of the East Side culture and the Michigan strip. Its close proximity to Hotel Winters, Little Harlem, Pearl's (across the street), and Clover Leaf made it a nightlife destination. Entertainment varied from Hot-Cha girls to the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. All lots at this intersection are either new construction or empty lots.

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