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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Bustling Buffalo: 1900

Bustling Buffalo: 1900

Circa 1900. "St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Buffalo, New York." With the Prudential Building and a bicycle repair shop as neighbors. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hometown Pride

Another great old photo of my beloved Nickel City!!!

How Did They Do That?

St. Paul's was built in 1851, but the spires were not completed for a few years. I am very curious to know what construction methods were used to place the spires atop the church. Were they built in place, and if so how, or were they assembled elsewhere and lifted, somehow, to be sat on the building?

Skyscraper?

Sullivan did not scrape the sky, he adorned it.

And at the very top

By far the best design feature of the Guarantee - Prudential Building are the beautiful round windows on the very top floor. And look -- they open horizontally for fresh air. You won't find those on the ready-made aisle at your local window store, back then or now.

Two beautiful buildings

and both are still standing. Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building in brilliant terra cotta red and the local sandstone cathedral. Impressive that the cathedral's spires are also stone. Love the signs painted in the Guaranty's windows (Chicago and Alton RR, etc.).

Two Spectacular Buildings!

I visited Buffalo for the first time last April and saw these two landmarks of American architecture on a spectacularly stormy day. But the work of Richard Upjohn (St. Paul's Church) and Adler & Sullivan (Guaranty, later Prudential Building) made it worth the effort! I very nearly got blown away by the wind and rain, but I certainly got blown away by the beautifully restored Guaranty Building. "Vaut le detour," as they say in the Michelin Guides.

These two go well together

 
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