If you’re going to resurrect a historic hotel, you might as well go all out, right? That’s what developer Rocco Termini is doing by partnering with the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (BECHS). The plan is to feature reproductions of historic images and items throughout the hotel, in a manner that will help to tell the story of downtown Buffalo – from the dessert plates and the wallpaper in the grill to the headboards in the hotel rooms.
With the help of our friends from ‘room’ on Hertel and Carmina Wood Morris, visitors will be able to examine bits and pieces of historical Buffalo, whether they happen to be sitting in the lobby, walking the hallways, or even retiring to their rooms. “History defines Buffalo’s unique brand, suggesting to visitors something extraordinary happened and continues to happen here,” Earl Ketry, proprietor of the Pan-American Grill and Brewery stated. “Visitors of the Hotel will wonder where the History Museum ends and the Hotel begins.”
Details of the design processes included:
· Reviewing hundreds of photographs from the BECHS collection for reproduction
· Assisting Michael P, Partner/Senior Designer at Room, in his selection of images to feature as reproduced dramatic mural headboards in each hotel room
· Purposing BECHS designed Pan-American dinnerware for use as dessert plates in the newly named Pan-American Grill and Brewery in the Hotel
· Providing Pan-American Exposition advertisements from the BECHS collection to inspire menu designs for the Pan-American Grill and Brewery
· Working with designers from Carmina Wood Morris, the hotel renovation architects, to select historic swatches for reproduction from the renowned M. H. Birge and Sons Wallpaper Company for installation in the Pan-American Grill and Brewery
· Curating reproduced images for the hotel suites and corridors
“This partnership enables the Historical Society* to place resources in downtown Buffalo,” said BECHS Director, Melissa Brown. “Without capital costs of a new building. It’s poetic how this partnership returns us to our roots at the old downtown Library. Our involvement at the Hotel echoes our downtown displays featured in the 19th century before the Historical Society made the Pan Am Building its permanent home.”
Lead image: CardCow.com
*One of the first events taking place at the Hotel will be BECHS 150th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, May 10.