Whether you’ve enjoyed the fruits of Buffalo’s new-found renaissance lately, or visited years ago, odds are good that Buffalo’s historic architecture left you with a sense of awe and appreciation. Towering pillars of industrial power, intricately detailed skyscrapers and luxurious homes line the streets, parkways and waterways of this enduring American city. Today, as with many areas of the city, these preserved structures are benefiting from a second wind – and are either being restored or enhanced as originally intended, or transformed to serve an entirely new purpose. And others are starting to take note…
Patrick Sisson, in a recent article for Curbed, discovered the city’s singular brand of urban renewal through adaptive reuse, adherence to its historic identity and expansive vision for the years to come during a recent visit.
“Buffalo’s past has always been present; in many neighborhoods, it’s hard not to trip over a gorgeous old home or commercial building. But now, it’s seen as the future, a tool to help turn the city into an even-better place to live and a great place for architectural tourism.”
Nowhere is that sense of reinvention more evident than at places like Buffalo RiverWorks, where abandoned grain elevators have been converted into an entertainment destination; Hotel Henry, the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane turned urban resort and conference center; and the Martin House Complex, where Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision has been restored to its past glory.