The hotel room floors at Uniland Development Company’s 250 Delaware are getting their terra cotta screening treatment. Floors with hotel rooms, levels two through five, and the parking ramp, will have terra cotta louver screening produced by Boston Valley Terra Cotta. Installation of the first of 4,917 batten pieces is underway along Delaware Avenue.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Westin Buffalo will occupy the first five floors of the new building. It will be owned and operated by Delaware North and feature 118 guest rooms, 4,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting facilities, and a “Neapolitan inspired Italian” restaurant operated by Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group.
The Delaware Court building may have been demolished but its ornate façade has been replicated and is returning to the base of the new building. Boston Valley Terra Cotta has replicated the circa-1917 building’s façade and craftsmen from Morris Masonry have nearly finished installing the new terra cotta that covers the two-story ground floor of the complex. It cost approximately $1 million to design and manufacture the new pieces and about $650,000 to install.
The ground floor “historical section” includes 4,419 individual pieces. A white satin glaze has been placed on the terra cotta blocks, Delaware Court’s original finish.
Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects and local firm HHL Architects designed the 12-story, $110 million building that anchors the Delaware and Chippewa street corner. Tenants are expected to start moving in this November.
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Updated pictures by Giovanni Centurione