First impressions are everything. And lately, Buffalo has been making some surprising, unexpected impressions on new visitors traveling to our resurgent city. You’ll hear phrases like, “I had no idea all of this was here!” and “THIS is in Buffalo?!” The city’s architecture, in particular, has garnered the attention of media from around North America and the world, including this recent article for Architectural Digest. Writer Fred Bernstein highlighted major new developments like the completion of restoration work at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex alongside new small businesses that have an emphasis on great design.
Bernstein spoke with traveling architect Shohei Shigematsu, who is overseeing the expansion of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, about how Buffalo’s architectural legacy is playing into a larger, positive transformation of the city.
“As he’s discovered, the city is exploding with new restaurants and cafés, from Remedy House and Las Puertas in the burgeoning Five Points neighborhood to Craving in suddenly hip North Buffalo. Elsewhere, industrial silos have been transformed into a performance venue, a former church as an exhibition space. And galleries like Anna Kaplan Contemporary are fueling the art scene,” Bernstein writes of Shigematsu’s time in Buffalo.
But for anyone that’s been paying attention, Buffalo’s rebirth is built upon our heritage of imagination and innovation, and the city has taken pride in creating new experiences by using, appreciating and repurposing the architectural treasures of days gone by.