In Buffalo, the term “Cobblestone” represents more than just historic, old fashioned roads.
Sure, Buffalo’s history is shown off across the region with a number of old stone and brick thoroughfares. But when we speak of Cobblestone, we’re referring to a small city district enclosed by Illinois, Perry and Columbia Streets and South Park Avenue that sits a stone’s throw from burgeoning Canalside district.
Cobblestone is home to a number of restaurants and bars (one bearing the namesake and some insane chicken wings), a lot of history (the district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2014), and surprisingly a lot of public art. Yes, art.
• The bold, five-story painted mural design entitled “Go!” by Bruce Adams & Augustina Droze, with elements drawn from Buffalo’s industrial heritage in progress at 95 Perry Street.
• Edward M. Cotter Fireboat – The World’s Oldest Operating Fireboat! Manned by the Buffalo Fire Department with its own fire station at Michigan and South Park, you can see it from the foot/bike path behind the DL&W terminal and check out an artistic tribute of it done completely with spray paint in the lobby of 26 Mississippi.
• Benches & wayfarer signage by Griffis Studios. Their pieces are considered functional art as they are designed and crafted by custom steel artists. The name may sound familiar as they are the founders of Griffis Sculpture Park outside Ellicottville, NY.
Ok, so I lied. I’m sure you’re not surprised to find amazingly cool art, history and nightlife bundled into one cobblestone stone lined part of Buffalo.