In 1966 M&T Bank entombed a time capsule within One M&T Plaza’s cornerstone. While replacing the plaza’s stone exterior recently, workers unearthed the capsule. Here we take another look at the capsule and Buffalo in 1966.
The Queen City has seen her fair share of church closings in the last few years. Many times that is the death knell for these architecturally and culturally significant buildings, but for some it is a chance at a new beginning.
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.
Chester Oakley always claimed his Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY made his reputation, but the self-educated Buffalo architect left several remarkable landmarks in our region.
The Willert Park Courts are scheduled for destruction but their exterior sculptures warrant another life.
A sometimes-rival, sometimes-ally of John D. Rockefeller, Hascal Taylor's legacy lives on in the Guaranty Building. Aronoff, a Guaranty Building expert, meticulously details Taylor's various ventures.
While only one example of his Western New York designs remain – the back wall of the Broadway Barns in Buffalo – Calvin Otis' prolific work once set a standard for institutional buildings.