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 finest nineteenth century skyscraper in the world. Photo from HABS, Library of Congress.
Link to larger image. Photo from Library of Congress.