This photo looking at Main and Terrace from Washington Street sometime around 1895 offers some great context to help place where some of the structures of the past stood in reference to today’s landmarks.
The Main and Terrace crossing of the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad was built in 1895 by Dwyer and Huntington of 379 Main St., and 122 years later, the view represents perhaps the only Canalside view with any similarity at all to that time. The train tracks, even with the hitch in the retainer wall on the left side, now goes mostly unnoticed between the Courtyard building and the I-190.
The Liberty Pole was one of Buffalo’s famous meeting places of the 19th century. It’s the big pole that goes up out of the photo, between the streetcar and the horse.
The Mansion House, to the left, was one of Buffalo’s elite hotels for nearly 100 years, welcoming passengers first by stagecoach, then canal, then rail.
It was called “one of the most outstanding landmarks in Buffalo’s history” weeks before it was taken down, to make way for buildings to be utilized by the New York Central Railroad in 1932.
Buffalo’s first gin mill — Crow’s Tavern—was opened on the spot in 1806. The Mansion House was built on the spot after Crow’s Tavern was burned by the British during the War of 1812.