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The Fenton was among a spate of hotels built to handle the throngs of visitors coming to Buffalo for the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. But it differs from most of the others, because it's still standing. Many hotels built for the exposition were temporary structures, but the Fenton was made to last. It has stood strong at Main and West Ferry streets since 1896. …

The Lenox Hotel is a noteworthy part of Buffalo's history — for many reasons. For one, it's Buffalo's oldest operating hotel, one that played host to many wealthy visitors to the Pan-American Exposition in 1901. It also briefly was home to famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald. For many today, the most important thing about the building is that a restaurant inside it su…

The difference between what the northwest corner of Delaware and Great Arrow Avenues looks like today and what it looked like during the Pan-American Exposition is striking. In 1901, a great stadium stood at the corner and hosted sports, livestock shows, automobiles, farm machinery demonstrations and even President William McKinley. It was 680 feet long and 450 feet…

Now the gateway to the Elmwood Village, the corner of Elmwood and Forest avenues was once the gateway to the Pan-American Exposition. In the years leading up to the 1901 fair, hotels began to spring up all over the city to anticipate the huge crowds. And the northeast corner of Elmwood and Forest was prime real estate to market to fairgoers, as it was a block away from …

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the opulent Iroquois Hotel was built at the site of the former Richmond Hotel, which burned to the ground on May 18, 1887, tragically killing 15 people. After that, fireproof building materials were used to construct the Iroquois Hotel at the intersection of Main, Eagle and Washington streets. When completed in 1889, the hotel adv…

It was a scene sure to catch anyone’s attention: a cavalcade of cadavers, coffins in tow, parading down Delaware Avenue in the dead of night. Of course, this was a thing of imagination, but it was from the imagination of author Mark Twain. They were escaping — as one skeleton described it — their dismal resting place one or two blocks north of the author’s resid…

Thirty-nine-year-old Steve Solecki and his wife, Stella, always worked late on weekends. The industrious butcher was known to stay at his store – the Cleveland Meat Market at Main Street and Center Road in Angola – until well past midnight on Saturdays, tallying the prior week’s receipts and preparing meat for the week ahead. After finishing up one such late-night…

Seven original art glass window panels are coming home to the Martin House Complex. Their return –  scheduled to happen in October – will come nearly a half century after the University of Victoria purchased them in a public sale, when the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed estate was vacant and in decline. "We are doing the 'Wright' thing by reuniting these stunning…

Last week, Chronicles provided a whirlwind tour of some of the city’s most recent additions to its burgeoning hospitality market. Our tour, as expected, mentioned nothing of those hotels’ amenities – laudable as they may be – but explored the sites where they now stand. These sites – once the place of homes, businesses and, in one instance, a canal blamed for…

A cursory glance along Fargo Avenue shows little evidence of the express mail magnate whose name not only adorns the street signs of this neighborhood but also once adorned the iconic stagecoaches of the Wells Fargo. In 1872, William Fargo, one of two founders of Wells Fargo & Co., built a lavish mansion on five acres of land bounded by Fargo and West avenues an…

The Graycliff Conservancy is setting its sights on a new visitor and interpretive center with restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff Estate in Derby now assured. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul confirmed in a ceremony on the grounds what was reported six months ago: The State of New York, through the Buffalo Billion II program, will provide $3.7 milli…

Our ships have come in. The USS The Sullivans, the USS Little Rock and whimsically christened USS Croaker have been watching over Western New York since Independence Day 1979. These warships, the cornerstone of the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, led the resurgence of Buffalo's waterfront. "The anchor tenant," quipped Terry McGuire, who is on the pa…