Buffalo, New York, the easternmost Midwestern city, is blessed by masterpieces from some of the biggest names in American architecture including Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Henry Hobson Richardson. Highlights include:
Darwin Martin House
Frank Lloyd Wright once called it a “well-nigh perfect composition” and he might be right. Designed in 1903 for a Buffalo businessman who was, at the time, the highest-paid executive in corporate America, this multi-building estate is as stunning as its creator suggests.
Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building (1895), an early skyscraper design that shows the father of American modernism at his peak, is the city’s crown jewel. The interior lobby, lined with tile mosaics, elevator cages, and intricate staircases, is sublime.
Stephen Brockman, senior principal at New York-based Deborah Berke Partners, led the rehabilitation of this castle-like compound into a stunning hotel. Spread across 93 acres, the former psychiatric hospital was built in 1870 and designed by a young Henry Hobson Richardson (whom the hotel is named after), with grounds by Frederick Law Olmsted (Central Park). hotel henry.com