Thanks to the ground-breaking ideas of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the beautiful Buffalo park and parkway system was the first of its kind in the world.
With plans underway to revitalize Olmsted’s Riverside Park, we look back on the original design for a beautiful riverfront park in North Buffalo.
In the mid-19th century, the Ebenezer Society settled in Western New York. Though they left after just 20 years, their legacy can still be felt throughout present-day West Seneca.
For centuries, people of all backgrounds and walks of life have recorded their impressions of Niagara Falls. Jack Wysocki provides a survey of these viewpoints, as well as the accompanying development — good and bad — of one of Western New York's most significant geographic features.
As the Erie Canal opened up the nation's interior to the industrialized East, businessmen were eager to exploit the now-accessible natural resources of Western New York. Stephen White and the East Boston Timber Company found just what they were looking for on Grand Island.
Traditional, yet progressive, the sister of “Grant’s Indian” left a lasting impact on both the Victorian and Native societies she touched.
Buffalo has long been known for unique residential designs commissioned by the city's elite. But middle-class Buffalonians were not deprived of well-designed homes. Plan book houses were affordable and attractive, with numerous examples in Western New York.
H.H. Richardson's towers get the publicity but the land now used by Buffalo State College was much more than a psychiatric ward. The author remembers her childhood growing up on the farm that served the Buffalo State Hospital in the 1920s and 30s.