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Castle Inn: 1908

Castle Inn: 1908

Circa 1908. "Castle Inn at Buffalo, New York." The former residence of Millard Fillmore. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Statler and Fillmore

I grew up in Buffalo and loved the architecture there. All of it, even the dismal funerals. Here's a link to a site that shows the Castle Inn in context. The first image on this page gives a good sense what it was like.

Millard Fillmore House

The history of the land from the History of Buffalo website here.

Funeral

Having grown up near Buffalo, there were many of these similarly-dismal old-style buildings. We absolutely hated them, referring to them as 'Funeral'.

Bummer no longer here

From Buffalo's historical site:

1831 - Original house on the site: Albert H. Tracey House
1853 - Second house: John Hollister House
1858 - House purchased by Millard Fillmore
1881 - Fillmore House converted into Hotel Fillmore
1901 - Hotel Fillmore converted into Castle Inn
1919 - Castle Inn razed in to make way for Hotel Statler (in 2002, the Statler Towers)

Wonderful

What a superb hodge-podge of a building. So much going on, bet the drawings would be incredible. And they sure made sure you didn't walk on the grass, no sir, not on my watch.

 
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