Get Inspired By These Architectural Gems
Many Americans may not realize it, but Buffalo, NY holds incredible significance in the history of American architecture and design. During the industrial boom days around the turn of the 20th century, prominent architects descended on the city to ply their trade. Today, many incredible examples of early 20th century American architecture remain. After checking them out, you’re sure to be inspired with new ideas for your home too.
Five Must-See Architectural Gems in Buffalo, NY
Get a feel for the rich architectural history of Buffalo by taking a look at these standout examples:
- Delaware Park System – Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame, this series of interconnected parks is a national historic district. Located in the northern and western sections of the city, it was designed between 1868 and 1876. In addition to the largest park, Delaware Park, it includes Lincoln Parkway, Gates Circle, Chapin Parkway, Soldier’s Place, Front Park and Bidwell Parkway. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery – In addition to housing an incredible collection of art, this museum is a fine example of the Beaux Arts architectural style. Originally designed to serve as the Fine Arts Pavilion for the 1901 Pan-American Exposition, its construction was slated to begin in 1890, but it wasn’t completed until 1905. A new addition was added in 1962. This building was designed by prominent architect Edward Brodhead Green and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- Darwin D. Martin House – Frank Lloyd Wright designed this beautiful home and once referred to it as his “opus.” A classic example of his famous Prairie School style, the home was built between 1903 and 1905. He aimed for the home to have as few separate rooms as possible. Incredibly, the home boasts more than 400 art glass windows, and some contain upwards of 750 colorful, tiny pieces of glass.
- Old Post Office – Designed by the Office of the Supervising Architect, Jeremiah O’Rourke, and constructed in 1897 for a cost of $1.5 million – which equals around $42.6 million today – this four-story Gothic Revival building is not to be missed. It served as the central post office until 1963, and it was the tallest building in Buffalo from 1901 to 1912, thanks to its 244-foot tower. Today, it serves as the city campus of Erie Community College.
- Buffalo Central Terminal – This 17-story Art Deco building was built in 1929 and designed by the Fellheimer and Wagner architectural firm. Located in the Broadway/Fillmore district, it was slated to be torn down but is now being restored and repurposed.
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