One of the city’s most ionic buildings is undergoing a significant lighting improvement. Iskalo Development Corp. has announced that it is upgrading its outdated lighting system at the top of the Electric Tower. Iskalo has opted to move forward with the implementation of a state-of-the art LED lightscape system that will dramatically enhance the upper face of the architectural beauty. Work on the upgraded system began yesterday (Monday, November 27), which is why you may have noticed that the top three sections of the building were not illuminated last night.
Not only will the tower have a wider spectrum of colors to choose from moving forward, it will also be saving on energy costs thanks to the LED lighting.
The Electric Tower is one of the most recognizable buildings in Buffalo. Originally opened on September 25th, 1912, it was designed in the Beaux Arts style by local architects Esenwien & Johnson and was patterned after the Tower of Light from the 1901 Pan American Exposition.
“The Electric Tower was originally constructed during Buffalo’s run as one of America’s largest and most progressive cities,” said Paul B. Iskalo, President and CEO of Iskalo Development Corp. “The Buffalo Niagara region played a prominent role in the advent of the electric age, and the Electric Tower, with its brightly illuminated, gleaming exterior, served as an advertisement for the use and value of electricity.”
It was back in 2004 that Iskalo Development tackled a significant historic renovation of the Electric Tower. Now, the plan is for the building to shine as bright as possible, thus helping to illuminate this city’s skyline in ways that were formerly not possible.
The Electric Tower is located at 535 Washington Street in the Electric District of downtown Buffalo.