Meeting An Old Friend For The First Time – The Ellicott Square Building


Another Buffalo early skyscraper that I researched is the Ellicott Square Building. It’s a lot bigger than the Dun Building, but not in as good condition. Particularly, the loss of its cornice hurts. But look at that entry on Main Street. The masonry emphasizing the entrance, the bronze doors, the lettering between the doors and the transom…this was an important structure and it told you so.

Taste is personal, and if someone doesn’t like the American Renaissance style, that’s fine with me. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a post-WWII building that makes a ceremony of entrance in this manner, that elevates even for a second the ordinary event of opening a door.

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