The city of Buffalo, New York, possesses a remarkable number and variety of architectural masterpieces from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recognizing the rich architectural and planning heritage, the Albright Art Gallery (now know as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) held an exhibition of photography in January 1940, which commemorated these vast triumphs. Organized by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, the dean of American architectural historians, with the assistance of then Director of the museum, Gordon Bailey Washburn, over 120 photographs were displayed.
In this virtual tour, we will explore a selection of the architectural photographs that were featured in the exhibition that represent buildings in downtown Buffalo. Each photograph will be accompanied with a caption that will include past and present information on each building, and a quote of Henry-Russell Hitchcock discussing his personal views on the particular building. This walking tour is approximately 2 miles in distance and should take participants about 1.5 hours to complete.
All content courtesy of the following publication, "Buffalo Architecture, 1816–1940 Exhibition - Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr.," Albright-Knox Art Gallery. All images are courtesy of the G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library, Gallery Archives, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Photographs by Jay W. Baxtresser (AAG Staff).
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Gothic Hall - 1843
Ellicott Square Building - 1897
Hotel Buffalo (also known as the Hotel Statler, Buffalo) - 1908
St. Paul’s Cathedral - 1870
Old First Presbyterian Church - 1891
Clarendon Hotel - 1852
Prudential Building (also known as the Guaranty Building) - 1896
Erie County Savings Bank - 1893
Adam, Meldrum & Anderson - 1867
Buffalo German Insurance Company - 1874
Second Court House - 1825 - 1855
Buffalo Public Library - 1887
W.T. Grant Company - 1939
Buffalo Savings Bank - 1900
North Presbyterian Church - 1846
City Hall - 1931