I have to learn to take more pictures. When I travel I’m so intent on absorbing the mood and fabric of a place that I don’t look through my lens as often as I could. Buffa10 was one of those places. The city’s parks have an Olmstead pedigree and its streetscapes are a feast of gardens.
But oh! the architecture. Just about every 18th, 19th and 20th century style of American vernacular architecture can be found here. Federal mingles with Gothic Revival with Queen Anne with Victorian Italianate and American Tudor–often on the same street. Now that the city is experiencing a renaissance that tradition of American building continues in the 21st century. As I’ve already said…I’m often too busy storing images in my brain to take pictures, but here are some of buildings that I saw in just a few days. These don’t even begin to depict the depth and breath of what’s in Buffalo. I’ve made absolutely no attempt a chronology either–they’re just what I saw.
City hall at sunset with a new building that will ultimately be covered in glass when completed. This was the view from my hotel window.
The conservatory at the Buffalo and Erie Botanical Gardens was once the largest public greenhouse in the country. It is the jewel in Olmstead’s South Park.
An incredible of example of Second Empire Mansard style. (Am I getting too geeky yet?) This was built in the late 1860s and is now a 28 room luxury hotel. The gardens in front are traffic stopping when in bloom!
This photo is not by me, it’s from the Darwin D. Martin Complex website, but I did visit the building. The Eleanor and Wilson Greatbatch Pavilion was designed by architect Toshiko Mori and completed in 2009. The use of glass and aluminum echos Wright’s use of brick and stone in the adjacent complex. It is not at all out of place within the context of Wright’s buildings on the property.
The only compound designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Dwight D. Martin (1904-1905) house is currently an asbestos clean-up site. Tours of the property are on the outside–you can see Mori’s pavilion in the upper left corner. The second view shows a re-constructed pergola and the ‘Martin’ bird houses…they never were actually home to any birds.
To understand just how modern Wright was, all you have to do is go across Delaware Park (another Olmstead) to the Albright Knox Gallery. The Neo-Classical style was typical in 1905 and was designed by architect E.B. Green. Green was a Buffalo based architect whose work is visible throughout the city. It is a world class modern art museum.
Two American Four Square houses with fantastic paint color. This style of early 20th century residential architecture can be found all over the United States. My grandparents lived in one–many years later I lived in a duplex on the top of another.
Up the street from the Four Squares is the Arts and Crafts style former home of Charles Rohlfs – a fine furniture maker and contemporary of Gustav Stickley. There’s going to be a retrospective of his work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall. The building is way more austere than his over the top furniture. Click here for the photo credit for this one.
I walked by this amazing Art Deco building on Delaware Avenue on my way home from dinner. I went back to find photos by the resident photographer, Katie Schnieder.
The cottages in this distinct residential district were built between the mid 19th and early 20th centuries. Small cottages just like the one I live in now. The difference is that there are several blocks of these so they don’t seem like the smallest home in town–and mine’s painted a conservative grey. The doors will soon be purple though–and that’s because I loved what I saw in Buffalo–I could even picture myself living there.
I saw so much more that I might have to have a Part 3…