Wright, Sullivan, Richardson & Olmsted – when you think of the all-time greats of American architecture, these names should spring to mind. And Buffalo is home to masterworks by all of them.
“Crazy about American architecture?,” John Bordsen asks in a special Buffalo feature for USA TODAY. Hot on the heels of a recent trip to the Queen City of the Great Lakes, the writer recounts his journey through greater Buffalo, discovering the marvelous feats of architecture that have survived and are now thriving during its recent comeback. “This is where to see commercial, residential and institutional buildings by America’s most revered trio of architects — H.H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright — all built during the city’s Gilded Age heyday,” he adds.
It’s true! You can tour Wright’s recently restored Martin House Complex and Graycliff Estate, gawk at the intricate facade of the Guaranty Building, take a stroll through one of six Olmsted-designed parks, or spend a night in Hotel Henry – the brand new hotel built within the grandeur of the Richardson Olmsted Campus. But that’s not even close to scratching the surface of Buffalo’s renowned architectural landscape. “Take a walking tour of downtown; you can see more than 50 notable buildings from the 1830s to the 1980s,” Bordsen explains.