Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Staff Review by Patricia Covley:
Buffalo's Legacy of Power and Might by Michael Rizzo harkens back to a time when "Buffalo was known for much more than merely chicken wings." All the structures Rizzo has chosen to include are commercial buildings. He tells the history of each building featured and then discloses why, in his opinion, the building still matters.
Rizzo displays an interesting mixture of photographs. Some of the pictures show buildings that at first glance don't appear to be much. The picture of Lederman's Furniture Store across from the Broadway Market falls into this category. Upon a second look, however, the reader can appreciate the "Art Deco ornamentation and the company name emblazoned across the top" of the building.
Buffalo's Legacy of Power and Might made me wistful for a time when buildings were constructed to last and had some personality. I enjoyed this book. With a little imagination, I could conjure up an image of what each building was like in its heyday.
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