Here’s a drawing from the plans for the Hotel Statler (the first big one) in Buffalo, photo here.
No really, I mean it. Why can’t we build like this? I know, money. But really, it can be done. 495 Main Street, Buffalo, northeast corner of Main & Mohawk.
A long-gone building at 42 Fly Street in Buffalo, also long gone. In the infamous Canal District, the baddest of red-light districts in the entire country. This is one kind of old building I really like. Lots of character and a very utilitarian building besides. The current use of the property is for several of the Marine Drive Apartment buildings.
The Willsey Laundry was incorporated in 1912. This building, now The Foundry, was built shortly after that. Designed by G. Morton Wolfe. Lots and lots of windows.
The original Hotel Statler, later the Hotel Buffalo, a groundbreaking Ellsworth Statler hotel in Buffalo. This amazingly ornate and colorful building, clad in multi-hued terra cotta, was demolished in the 1960s. Photo from Library of Congress.
The finest nineteenth century skyscraper in the world. Photo from HABS, Library of Congress.