Familiar with Curbed.com? Well, it’s a very cool NYC blog that generates more than 1 million visits per month. The top story on Curbed.com right now is an article from their Cityscapes series which explores often-overlooked cities. And today’s feature is New York’s second city – that’s Buffalo.
From the Curbed article:
By 1990, the population of Buffalo had shrunk below 1900 levels, a
startling decline for a city just across the state from NYC, whose
population more than doubled in the same period. But for fans of
architecture, there are certain upsides to a receding economy. So how did Buffalo architecture buffs benefit from their city’s
industrial decline? Well, for one, they missed out on much of the
building boom of the latter half of the 20th century, meaning classic
buildings like the dazzling Guaranty Building by Louis Sullivan (above)
weren’t knocked down and replaced with a mediocre modern office tower.
And the same inadvertent preservation holds true for similarly
impressive works of the mid century, like Eliel and Eero Saarinen’s
Kleinhans Music Hall (below),which is an elegant mixture of
Eliel’s Arts & Crafts style and his son’s modern sensibilities,
completed in 1940.
Curbed, like every good site, refers to our very own David Steele and his book on Buffalo architecture – you can purchase your copy here.
You should go read the entire post.