What started as a small trading post on Lake Erie grew into the eighth largest United States city by 1900. Buffalo’s explosive growth over a century ago created a legacy of American masters and American treasures still found throughout the region, including:
-The Albright-Knox Art Gallery (closed until Spring 2022) contains a world-recognized collection of modern art masterworks from Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning and more.
– The Darwin Martin House is one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s crowning achievements and perhaps the greatest example of his prairie style.
– The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site has restored the very mansion along Buffalo’s millionaire’s row that housed a presidential inauguration in 1901. The TR site recreates the elegance and décor that Roosevelt found in the mansion when he took the oath of office there.
– The Roycroft Campus of East Aurora is a living testament to the vision of Elbert Hubbard, who founded an arts and crafts community there over 100 years ago; a network of artisans dedicated to his ideals of hand-crafted excellence still thrive today.
– The Burchfield Penney Art Center houses an outstanding compilation of regional art spanning decades, including the definitive collection of works by renowned local watercolorist Charles E. Burchfield.
-Giants of jazz like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis once played at the city’s Colored Musicians Club. It continues to operate as a club and a jazz history museum.
-The original manuscript of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is on display at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Twain was once a newspaper editor here.