Buffalo has undergone a once-in-a-lifetime transformation, and its proud history and incredible architectural legacy weave their way into every aspect of the visitor experience. This includes where visitors stay overnight, as a series of boutique hotels have opened in recent years that make the most of the city and region’s stunning architectural fabric. Here are six examples:
THEN: The Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, built in the late 19th century by acclaimed architect Henry Hobson Richardson and set on grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The building sat disused for over 30 years.
NOW: Hotel Henry, an 88-room urban resort and conference center, opened this spring and honors the building’s original architectural features. The Olmsted landscape has also been beautifully restored.
THEN: Designed by Louise Bethune, the first female architect accredited by the American Institute of Architects, this was one of Buffalo’s grand downtown hotels at the turn of the 20th century. It fell onto hard times and was considered a flophouse by the late 20th century.
NOW: The hotel was meticulously restored in 2012 and also features a microbrewery and coffeehouse on its first floor.
THEN: Constructed as a private residence in 1870, the Charles F. Sternberg House also spent decades as a restaurant before languishing vacant for over 20 years.
NOW: The Mansion on Delaware Avenue opened as one of Buffalo’s first boutique hotel offerings in 2002 and offers high-end amenities like a butler driving service to nearby attractions.
THEN: Industrialist H.H. Hewitt owned this stately house in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village dating back to 1898 before its conversion into a rooming house in the 1940s.
NOW: Owners Joseph and Ellen Lettieri converted the house into a nine-room hotel in 2015.
THEN: The Harlow C. Curtiss Building was an ornate early 20th century downtown office building that was abandoned by the 1990s.
NOW: The Curtiss Hotel, a 68-room boutique hotel featuring an all-weather urban hot springs, rooftop patio and other high-end amenities opened to much fanfare this summer.
THEN: Built in 1905, the inn accommodated artisans and guests of the adjacent Roycroft Campus, one of America’s foremost communities in the Arts and Crafts Movement.
NOW: Fully restored and reopened in 1995 and dedicated as a National Historic Landmark, the inn features must-see handcrafted furnishings and décor from Roycroft artisans.