This 1939 Army barracks bore witness to much of Fort Niagara’s colorful 20th century history. Now proposed plans may once again breathe life into this local treasure of military architecture.
When the United States entered World War II, industry across the country transformed to meet the production needs of the war effort. Lockport’s Harrison Radiator Corporation provides a single local example of this nationwide phenomenon.
The Spirella Corset Company provided women with a revolution in technology and unrivaled personalized service. When William Wallace Kincaid and his partners moved the corporate headquarters to Western New York, they made Niagara Falls the center of a corset empire.
Tony Sisti was a man as comfortable in boxing trunks as he was in a painter's smock and beret. Today lesser known than some of his contemporaries, an exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center is reminding the art community of Sisti's skill.
During World War II, Western New York sent thousands of aircraft to the Allies through Lend-Lease. The recent return of one of them provides an opportunity to explore the larger significance of that contribution.
While cobblestone masonry isn't unique to Western New York, about 75 percent of cobblestone buildings in the country are within 75 miles of Rochester. Not limited to one design-style, the cobblestones in Niagara and Orleans counties show impressive variety.
Once an uninhabitable forest full of rock ledges, the area now known as Lockport seemed like an unlikely spot for a boom town. That all changed when the Erie Canal needed a place to climb the Niagara Escarpment.
The Point, known now as Prospect Point, is where the history of photography played out against the backdrop of Niagara Falls in competition for tourist dollars.