Buffalo Architecture, 1816-1940 - Downtown Walking Tour

The city of Buffalo, New York, possesses a remarkable number and variety of architectural masterpieces from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Recognizing the rich architectural and planning heritage, the Albright Art Gallery (now know as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery) held an exhibition of photography in January 1940, which commemorated these vast triumphs. Organized by Henry-Russell Hitchcock, the dean of American architectural historians, with the assistance of then Director of the Gallery, Gordon Bailey Washburn, over 120 photographs were displayed.

In this walking tour, we will explore a selection of the architectural photographs that were featured in the exhibition that represent buildings in downtown Buffalo. Each photograph will be accompanied with a caption that will include past and present information on each building, and a quote of Henry-Russell Hitchcock discussing his personal views on the particular building. This walking tour is approximately 2 miles in distance and should take participants about 1.5 hours to complete.

All information has been taken from the following publication -- "Buffalo Architecture, 1816–1940 Exhibition - Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr.," Albright-Knox Art Gallery. All images are courtesy of the G. Robert Strauss, Jr. Memorial Library, Gallery Archives, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. Photographs by Jay W. Baxtresser (AAG Staff).

Created by Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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