Lake Hotel Project Moving Along

Work is well underway at the
Lake Hotel (201 W. Huron Street) as the building is readied for eight upscale
apartments. The building is located in the West Village historic district and
the project is utilizing historic tax credits for the rehabilitation work.
Kissling Interests hired the experienced firm of Carmina Wood Morris architects, with Peyton Barlow serving as general
contractor.

The exterior of the building
has improved significantly from last year as new windows have been installed,
some pointing work has been completed, and details missing have been replicated
by Buffalo Plastering and
Architectural Casting
.

Four apartments are planned
for the first floor; one is a one bedroom and the remaining three are
two-level, two bedroom units. The second and third floor each have two, two
bedroom apartments. The fire escape at the rear of the property will be reused
as a balcony for the tenants. There is a great interior light court, a
garden-level storage and laundry room. Rents are expected to be in the $1,500
range.

A permit was filed for the
building in 1896 by William M. Savage and its earliest known name was the
Darrow Apartments (1942). The building was known as the Delmar Hotel from
around 1948 to 1985, when the name was changed to the Lake Hotel as it remained
until it was vacated. 


For more photos of the
progress, check
out my set on Flickr
.

apt 1.jpg

apt 2.jpg
the view.jpg

About the author  ⁄ Mike Puma

Writing for Buffalo Rising since 2009 covering development news, historic preservation, and Buffalo history. Works professionally in historic preservation.

29 comments
Spock
Spock

Based on the rationale for demo expressed in some of the other comment threads here, I could see why some here would downvote Burch's comment of approval.

The building sat vacant for awhile which usually prompts cries of "reactive" when preservationists try to do something with other buildings. The downvoters were probably upset over the developer re-actively returning this place to productivity.

Since some here don't view the National Register of Historic Places listed Trico building as historic, it is reasonable to conclude that they feel the same way about this place. Old does not equal historic you know.

They are also utilizing historic tax credits, which even though they are readily available for eligible buildings, are spun as "crony capitalism" here. There's also a group that feels subsidies are bad as long a they are directed on select things in select parts of the region.

I could see anyone who sides with these oft expressed viewpoints to not approve of what is going on with this obvious preservation success story, hence the downvotes.

LouisTully
LouisTully

Re: Graystone. Actually, I drove by today and there looked to be quite a bit of activity. The street was blocked off and construction equipment was all up the street; and I saw many workers. I've noticed the chute as the seeming attempt to make it look like something is happening, but it actually looked today like there is work being done. Even if it is just simple, engineering stuff to shore up the building.

whatever
whatever

lol - or maybe it was some of your buddies who wish it was made into a rail station.

Or a Trader Joe's, …

Anyhow, poor Up - writes something upbeat, yet still not very appreciated at the ballot box. Perhaps some voters are just difficult to please!

Up and coming
Up and coming

That being said, I wish the inside wasn't just plain white. Also, they could have done something aestheticly pleasing with the fireplace.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

Don't worry, the assessor is standing in the window at his City Hall office with a pair of binoculars anxiously waiting for the dumpster to leave.

As soon as the front door opens the assessment will suddenly rise and damn fast. The parking meter guy will arrive next with a jack hammer and four brand new meters to bury. Only then can the city drop off eight bright blue totes and eight green ones.

Oh yeah, along with the yearly garbage bill.

BuffaloItalianGuy
BuffaloItalianGuy

The new residents of the old Lake Hotel will be just a block away from the new Subway restaurant that's currently under construction in the Sunoco gas station on Niagara St at Georgia St. Sure are a lot of new investments happening in the neighborhood!

STEEL
STEEL

Probably some of your buddies that wish it had been torn down for mor parking

16thStreet
16thStreet

Jim Comerford works for the city, right? We residents vote these schmucks in right?

Isn't Brown up for re-election this year? Enough bitching online. Vote Brown out. Write to Comerford. Tell him what you think about his stupid decisions.

Tim
Tim

Agreed. Normally im a design purist but they are still great focal points.

Tim
Tim

From what I understand it is not. There's been a garbage shoot for a while but I don't believe anything is happening. Say what you mean, mean what you say, paladino. No more lip service.

300miles
300miles

A large percentage of old fireplaces in city apartments don't work, or aren't up to code. And not just in Buffalo. It's still cool to have the fireplace and mantel.

ladyinwhite
ladyinwhite

Where are the gas lines for the fireplaces? May as well pull them out if not going to be working.

whatever
whatever

hmmm... could be they disagreed that it looks great, or could be some people's way of shooting the messenger for past grievances they have toward you.

(or could be like most downvotes I get - accidental clicks lol)

Andrew
Andrew

I love the view in the last picture. Nice project

Woods79
Woods79

High Quality new-builds...like those found on Rachel Vincent Way.

burbsarenotbuffalo
burbsarenotbuffalo

That only took about 5 years to get started.. I think BRO has done this exact story about 3 times.

Up and coming
Up and coming

"Two papers treated the efficiency characteristics of the land value tax. Edwin Mills examines the issue in the context of an urban economy, showing that the tax is indeed efficient in its effects on land use, as claimed. But he believes that this is immaterial because the land value tax cannot yield more than trivial revenues, even at rates that are so high that the courts would find them to be an unconstitutional "taking" of property. Moreover, it is so difficult to value land properly that the efficiency advantages cannot be realized."

Up and coming
Up and coming

How does, "looks great!" get three negative votes?

Jesse
Jesse

Land value tax.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

I'll agree to disagree. All too often, we tear down our historic to see crap (vinyl sided/cheap structures with no real urban sensibility) put up in its stead.

I wouldn't be such a die-hard preservationist if there were higher quality newbuilds going up in Buffalo.

Superman3d
Superman3d

Kanandague Interests LLC's property tax assessment for 201 W Huron is $21,300.

Kanandague Interests LLC's property tax assessment for 249 North St is $69,000.

I wouldn't consider that progress when there is an unfair playing field.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

I'll agree to disagree. All too often, we tear down our historic to see crap (vinyl sided/cheap structures with no real urban sensibility) put up in its stead.

I wouldn't be such a die-hard preservationist if there were higher quality newbuilds going up in Buffalo.

LouisTully
LouisTully

"Not for suburban and vinyl-sided development--that is not progress in my book."

You had me until there. The problems are not one in the same. The style of new development or simply architecture in general is irrelevant to demolishing buildings. I'd take cookie-cutter doodoo all day long if it meant keeping the built environment we currently have.

Travelrrr
Travelrrr

Moral of the story: stop tearing down Buffalo's architecture, Brown, Comerford and Casey. We have lost thousands of, and will continue to lose too many, opportunities to reclaim/repurpose our gorgeous heritage architecture if you don't stop the madness.

THIS is progress. THIS is greatness. THIS is what Buffalo can be. THIS is for what people with visit, or move to, Buffalo. Not for suburban and vinyl-sided development--that is not progress in my book.

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