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Buffalo’s Hotel Lafayette Restoration Preserves a Historic Landmark and Re-enlivens a Neighborhood

Posted By Lori Zimmer On January 9, 2013 @ 4:31 pm In Architecture,Innovation,Recycled Materials | No Comments

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Up until Termini’s renovation, the hotel still operated as a hotel but attracted a different set of customers who were more interested in the pawn shop located in the lobby. With few restaurants and bars nearby, the area of downtown Buffalo [2] is left largely abandoned after office towers empty out at 5 pm. Both an architectural and social restoration, the new Hotel Lafayette [3] proves that just one project can restore the character of a neighborhood.

The bottom floor of Hotel Lafayette houses the lobby restored to its 1940’s Art Moderne style, retail shops, two ballrooms, three restaurants and an Art Deco-style bar. The Pan American Grill, named for the world fair that took place in Buffalo in 1901, faces the street. The sumptuous wooden double bar [4] was also restored, along with the early 1900s moldings, columns and mirrors. A cozy hunting lodge-style room welcomes guests around a fireplace. Upscale steakhouse Mike A’s is just across the lobby, while Butterwood Sweet and Savory occupies a lower level that was once a speakeasy during prohibition.

Elements of the original hotel still remain, such as the antique phone booths [5] complete with vintage phones and the mail slots assigned to the original rooms built in the 1940s.

The $35 million rehabilitation project has single-handedly spurred a renaissance in downtown Buffalo.

+ Hotel Lafayette [6]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/buffalos-hotel-lafayette-restoration-preserves-a-historic-landmark-and-re-enlivens-a-neighborhood/hotel-lafayette2/

[2] downtown Buffalo: http://inhabitat.com/artfarms-buffalo-combines-public-art-with-urban-farming-to-solve-urban-vacancy/

[3] Hotel Lafayette: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotel_Lafayette

[4] sumptuous wooden double bar: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-goodwin-is-a-swanky-new-west-village-eatery-made-with-reclaimed-wood/

[5] antique phone booths: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/obsolete-nyc-phone-booths-turned-into-free-mini-libraries-by-architect-john-locke/john-locke-phone-booth-libraries-3/

[6] + Hotel Lafayette: http://thehotellafayette.com/

[7] Lori Zimmer: http://www.artnerdnewyork.com

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