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Chicago in the House

A critic from the Chicago Tribune has made Buffalo a stopping point of interest, thanks to one building in particular (see article).

Completed in 1896, Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building is still inspiring, but Chicago has none of his skyscrapers. – Blair Kamin

Coming from the land of Sullivan buildings, Buffalo would, of course, be a natural stopping point for someone looking to see all there is to see of the architect’s work – specifically a majestic skyscraper that almost went the way of the FLW administration building some time ago.

In segments of the article, Kamin refers to some of the other noteworthy architectural bounty in our midst, including our grain elevators and silos, Frank Lloyd Wright, Henry Hobson Richardson, and Frederick Law Olmsted. If he indeed makes good on his threat to return to see the rest of Buffalo’s architectural offerings, he might just be able to stay inside a Henry Hobson Richardson instead of merely viewing it from the outside (see why). Too bad the same isn’t true for FLW (see why).

Maybe, the way people are coming around to the grain elevators, that too might be a possibility for visitor accommodations someday. I believe that’s only a matter of time. In a few years we’re going to have some real beauties on our hands for people to see… and to stay at.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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