Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.
Image courtesy of the Buffalo History Museum.

Looking Backward: Iroquois Door Company

by / Apr. 11, 2018 7am EST

“The faithfully correct home is always in good taste. It will never go out of date and never require costly remodeling after a few years. The entrances, doors, shutters, stairways, trim, mantels, and other woodwork must be in perfect harmony—true to type.” —Iroquois Door Company 1938 Catalog

The Iroquois Door Company, 619 Exchange Street, was a wood products manufacturer specializing in windows, doors, millwork, and cabinetry. “Build Your Home Architecturally Correct” was the company’s motto. Its four-story, 99,600-square-foot factory, reportedly designed by Louise Blanchard Bethune and built from 1903 to 1904, was described by architectural historian Reyner Banham as “a model of puritanically stern, rectangular discipline.” The company went out of business in 1989, and the building still stands.

The same building, captured by Google in September 2017: