Buffalo is home to some of the greatest American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Buffalo, currently an All America city, was the quintessential 19th century 'Boomtown'. During the second half of the 19th century, Buffalo's position at the western end of the Erie Canal made it the gateway to the West...attracting industrialists, presidents, and immigrants alike. The great wealth and diversity of this period created a city filled with historic figures and events, attracting multitudes of businesses and individuals to make Buffalo NY the 8th largest American city by the time of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. With great wealth came the creation of great architecture by the most prestigious architects of the time,
From private homes to public works, Second Empire to Richardsonian Romanesque, Buffalo, NY is replete with the works of architectural masters in a prolific array of architectural styles.
Experience multiple works by Frank Lloyd Wright including the Martin House Complex, (the finest example of his Prairie Style), and Graycliff, his most important summer estate, Louis Sullivan’s ornate Guaranty Building, H.H. Richardson’s massive Buffalo State Hospital, the graceful lines of Eliel and Eero Saarinen’sKleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo's system of parks and parkways by Frederick Law Olmsted, and the birthplace of the American Arts & Crafts Movement, the Roycroft Inn and Campus. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll also take in buildings by Richard Upjohn, Stanford White, Lord & Burnham, Charles Atwood, and America’s first female professional architect, Louise Blanchard Bethune. You can see these works in textbooks or you can see them in Buffalo. Allow The Mansion's Butler Team to assist you in creating your itinerary to tour architecture in Buffalo. Click here for a Butler curated list of Buffalo/Niagara attractions.
Buffalo, currently an All America city, was the quintessential 19th century 'Boomtown'. During the second half of the 19th century, Buffalo's position at the western end of the Erie Canal made it the gateway to the West...attracting industrialists, presidents, and immigrants alike. Battles were fought here, the city put to the torch by British loyalists during the War of 1812. Fortunes were made here by the likes of a young William G. Fargo, founder of American Express and Wells Fargo...as well as more modest fortunes, such as those of grain elevator magnate Charles F. Sternberg, the original owner of The Mansion on Delaware Avenue, who commissioned this structure as a home for his young family in 1863. A President was assassinated here - William McKinley at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition - and another inaugurated - Theodore Roosevelt at the Wilcox Mansion on the city's grand boulevard, Delaware Avenue. Buffalo also sent two of its sons - Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland - to Washington as Presidents; but only after Fillmore founded The Mansion's neighboring building, the historic Buffalo Club, and both Fillmore and Cleveland sat as club presidents. This rich history has left our city rife with historic sites and attractions in Buffalo, NY.
Click here for a Butler curated list of Buffalo/Niagara attractions.