January 26, 2009 8:18 AM
This building is probably the least known major art deco building in the city. It is also one of the biggest, and in my opinion, one of the best deco buildings in the city. One of the reasons I continue to add to this "favorite buildings" series is to call attention to buildings that are great pieces of architecture which sail under the radar. I am tired of the media focusing on the same 4 or 5 major architectural landmarks in Buffalo as if that was the limit of the city's treasure trove of buildings. Even The New York Times, in its recent list of top places to visit, referred to Buffalo's scattered specimens of pioneering architecture. Certainly, no city is made up entirely of pioneering architecture. The stuff that fits in between the scattered master works makes up the true heart of any city. This building,
January 19, 2009 6:55 AM
I had this H-O scale train set-up in the basement when I was young. I spent hours down there putting together buildings, adding landscaping, making roads, and configuring track. It started out as a train layout but, really, the thing that drew me to this miniature world was the ability to study urban design. The layout depicted a small town. This was mostly because the buildings I had were of a small town type.
The town had a main street and several
January 12, 2009 9:16 AM
Mostly, I like to highlight positive elements of the architecture and urban design here on BRO. But, as we know, it's not all sunshine and roses in the architectural world these days. There is a lot of crap being put up out there. I sometimes have to cringe in embarrassment at what my profession is foisting on the public. To be sure, it's not just the architects' fault. Much of the process for bringing buildings to reality these days is a set up for failure. I could make a whole