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Larkin Administration Building: A 'Wright' of Passage in Buffalo

Larkin Administration Building: A 'Wright' of Passage in Buffalo

An Account of the final years of the Larkin Administration Building On Seneca Street -

   Destruction of Buffalo's Larkin Building will be a great loss to coming generations, Architect J. Stanley Sharp contends in a letter to the New York Herald Tribune. The paper had carried remarks of Andrew C. Ritchie of the Museum of Modern Art, former director of Buffalo's Albright Art Gallery, and an editorial of it's own deploring the demolition of such monuments.

  "As an architect," writes Mr. Sharp, "I share the concern of many others over the destruction of the Frank Lloyd Wright's world famous office building in Buffalo. It is not merely a matter of sentiment; from a practical standpoint this structure can function efficiently for centuries. Modern engineering has improved upon the lighting and ventilation systems Mr. Wright used but that is hardly excuse enough to efface the work of the man who successfully pioneered in the solving of such problems. The Larkin Building set a precedent for many an office building we admire today and should be regarded not as an outmoded utilitarian structure but as a monument, if not to Mr. Wright's creative imagination, to the inventiveness of American design."

"Researching Your House History" Two-Part Program at Historical Society

"Researching Your House History" Two-Part Program at Historical Society

A popular program, “Researching Your House History,” will be presented by Cynthia Van Ness, MLS, the Historical Society’s Director of Library and Archives and a research expert. It will take place on Saturday, October 8, and will feature a talk to which all are welcome, plus an optional, exclusive hands-on workshop.

The first part of the program is a lecture, in the museum's auditorium, where Van Ness will speak about the museum research library’s resources, the specific tools that are available, and give tips for how to research a property in which you are interested.

No pre-registration is required for this part of the program; admission is $5 members/$7 non-members, which covers general admission for lecture alone.

Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo, NY – Brush Up Buffalo, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization focused on revitalizing City of Buffalo neighborhoods, recently announced that it will repaint 15 low-income homes with the help of 400 volunteers in the nationally-designated Buffalo Promise Neighborhood on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Designated avenues and streets for Brush Up Buffalo 2011 – Westminster, East Amherst, Stockbridge and Berkshire – are in a relatively tight cluster and are near Westminster Community Charter School, where Brush Up Buffalo will set up operations for check-in and lunch.  (Parking will be at the Erie County Medical Center parking lot, with shuttles to the school.)  At least 25 volunteers will be needed to paint on each house; no prior painting experience is necessary.

Ribbon-Cutting, Open House Slated at 305 Utica

Ribbon-Cutting, Open House Slated at 305 Utica

The public will have one final opportunity to view finished luxury apartments at 305 Utica St. in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. The finished, nine-apartment “A” Building will reach full capacity this month, with all eight luxury apartments and one studio apartment occupied. This will be the last opportunity to view finished apartments in the “A” Building while interior construction of the twin “B” Building continues.

Simply known as 305 Utica, this unique residential property is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, entertainment, galleries, outdoor festivals and concerts, and more. The buildings are highly energy-efficient, offering daylight harvesting, energy-efficient mechanical systems, low-voltage electrical fixtures, Energy Star-rated appliances and water-use reduction with low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Congressman Higgins Pushes for Termination of National Flood Insurance Program

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) joined fellow House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee member Candice Miller (MI-10) in introducing an amendment to H.R. 1309, the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, which would terminate the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). 

“The Flood Insurance Program is fundamentally flawed and economically broken,” said Higgins.  “In Western New York and other communities across the nation it levies a mandatory flood tax on homeowners who are at virtually no risk of flooding and see absolutely no benefit.  It hinders small business growth, negatively impacts property values and is driving up our national debt.  We need to lead with common sense and eliminate, rather than extend, this unfair program.”

McKinley House Finds an Owner Via Habitat

McKinley House Finds an Owner Via Habitat

This morning, June 2nd, 2011, a three-bedroom modular house began its move from McKinley High School to a building site at 50 Wilson Street, Lackawanna, initiating a new collaboration with Habitat for Humanity Buffalo and the Construction Industry Education Foundation.  The house is being moved from the school on Elmwood Avenue, where the students built it, to a poured foundation. 

448 Elmwood Celebrates Grand Opening in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village

448 Elmwood Celebrates Grand Opening in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Common Council Member David Rivera were on hand Wednesday, May 25, to help cut the ribbon at the grand opening of 448 Elmwood, a new building now home to 12 luxury apartments, Coffee Culture, ICU Optical Sunglasses and additional commercial space. Partners in the project are The Krog Corporation of Orchard Park, The Frizlen Group Architects of Buffalo and Michael Ferdman.

Located in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, 448 Elmwood stands on a corner formerly occupied by a vacant fast-food restaurant. The location is just five minutes from downtown Buffalo and the Peace Bridge.