Looking Backward: Downtown Buffalo, 1912

by / Mar. 13, 2018 3pm EST
This view of the downtown Buffalo skyline, snapped in 1912 from the New York Telephone Building, is barely recognizable today. The perspective looking north from 16 stories above Church Street reveals only a few familiar landmarks: from left to right, Benjamin Rathbun’s 1833 First Unitarian Church, later known as the Ticor Title Building; the General Electric Tower, also built in 1912; and the Brisbane Building, erected on Lafayette Square in 1895. Virtually every other building pictured has been replaced, either as a result of the building boom of the 1920s or the urban renewal period of the 1960s. A photograph taken from the same perspective today would be dominated by the Edward A. Rath County Office Building.