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Join the Urban Land Institute of Western New York (ULI WNY) on February 27 starting at 6 PM for an inside look at Ellicott Development Corporation’s The Giacomo in downtown Niagara Falls. Ellicott Development completed the $12 million project in 2006, converting what was the formerly vacant United Office Building into the Giacomo – a luxury 38 room boutique hotel, with 24 high-end apartments on the upper floors that have complete access to the hotel’s amenities.
Designed by the prominent firm of Esenwein and Johnson and completed in 1929, the building is a distinctive example of the Mayan Revival style, a modern architectural movement which was a subset of the art deco styles of the 1920s and 30s, drawing its inspiration from the iconography of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.
At 20 stories in height, the building offers commanding panoramic views of the Upper Niagara Rapids, Niagara Falls and the Niagara River Gorge, as well as the city and surrounding area. In 2006, the building was listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The historical and architectural significance of this building represents a link to the city’s past that is now part of its future.
The event will feature opening remarks by Paul Dyster, Mayor, City of Niagara Falls, and presentations by:
– Carl Paladino, Chairman, Ellicott Development Company. Carl will discuss the transformation of the Giacomo from an empty office building to first-class mixed-use project anchoring downtown revitalization efforts.
– Tom DeSantis, Senior Planner, City of Niagara Falls. Tom will discuss recent and planned development initiatives for Niagara Falls and the critical role partnership between state and local elected officials, civic groups, community leaders, and the private sector, which make projects like The Giacomo possible.
Presentations will be followed by self-guided tours of the boutique hotel rooms, luxury apartments, as well as the 14th floor overlook and 19th floor Skylounge – both with excellent views of the falls and gorge. Food and refreshments will be provided by NCCC Culinary Institute. Registration fees range from $15 to $35/person.
Register while space is still available HERE.