June 10, 1969: If steel girders could talk: the Avant Building - The Buffalo News

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June 10, 1969: If steel girders could talk: the Avant Building

The Picture Page image 45 years ago shows the Huron Street steel girders of what was to become the Dulski Federal Building and, later, the upscale Avant building.

"Strike-stilled frame of the new federal building is seen from Elmwood and Huron"

10 june 1969 new federal bldg elmwood and huronThe Thaddeus J. Dulski Federal Office Building opened at 111 W. Huron St. in 1971 and was designed by Pfohl, Roberts and Biggie of Buffalo.

The building was named in honor of the eight-term Buffalo Democrat Congressman.

Dulski was remembered on the floor of the House of Representatives by his successor, Rep. Henry Nowak, upon his death in 1988. "Legislative accomplishments aside," Nowak said, "Thad Dulski will be remembered because of his qualities as a human being. ... Most simply, he was a gentle gentleman, a man of his word, a loyal friend."

In 1992, the 15-story building housed close to 50 government agencies, including the Social Security Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the local offices of Rep. John J. LaFalce and Sen. Alfonse D'Amato.

Massive and costly delays resulted in an odd mafia-related twist in the final year of the building’s construction, as described by The News’ Mike Beebe.

Starting in the late '90s, federal offices were moved from the building over asbestos fears. The building was decommissioned as federal office space in 2006.

$85 million and three years later, Uniland unveiled the upscale Avant, with its trendy restaurants and hotel, and $1.73 million condos.

 

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