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Lafayette Square: 1911

Lafayette Square: 1911

Buffalo, New York, circa 1911. "Lafayette Square." Where amusements include Motion Pictures, Vaudeville, a Pony Circus and, for the more practical-minded, Gas & Electric Fixtures. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.


Pointed Question

Does anyone know what the center building was called and used for? I'm fascinated by it. I'm so glad the others are still standing. Thanks.

[Buffalo Public Library. Demolished c.1960 and replaced by the current library building. -tterrace]

The fun is gone

All of the buildings on the left are gone, as is the large brick building in the center. But the Lafayette Hotel is still there, as is the Kleinhans building. Both are largely unchanged, externally.

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