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City Hallways (June 1) Three men in a room

It's  not a hallway, it's the back wall and ceiling of the Common Council Chambers at the far end of the 13th floor. But it's one of the most, if not the most, stunning scenes in City Hall. How could I not include a picture of it  in this album? Besides, I've always heard the stained-glassed sun was designed  as  a reminder for government to "Let the sunshine in" - another words be open and transparent, which is, of course,  a media motto as well.


Calendar items

No meetings   I'm aware of on the agenda. Mayor's office said that Mayor Brown and the city's public works commissioner would be out  this morning on  Ring Road in Delaware Park, the scene of the horrific tragedy Saturday that took the life of a 3-year-old boy.   City crews are  out today helping state crews install guard rails on the Scajaquada, where speed limit was dropped to 30 mph. You can also expect the little boy to be memorialized at the next Common Council meeting. So very sad.


Three men and a lobster

It's getting to be political season in City Hall, where all nine Council members are up for re-election. One indication is the political fundraisers suddenly on the calendar, including one North District Councilman Joe Golombek had last Tuesday at the Viking Restaurant. It was pricier than usual, a minimum of $100 a ticket. But hey, I heard they served lobster. I also heard it was a packed house, with anyone who is anyone showing up. Among the anyones were two of the men-of-the moment, Steve Casey and Steve Pigeon - the former deputy mayor and former Erie County Democratic chairman, whose homes were searched, along  with the  home of Congressman Chris's Collins's chief of staff, Chris Grant, two days after Golombek's party.


History Lesson

As promised, here's update on the little house on Bailey that the Historic Preservation Board is trying to save from  possible demolition.

The house was actually built in the 1890s, possible before that (even though city property records say it was built in the 1930s), according to Tim Tielman, a Preservation Board member who knows more about Buffalo buildings than just about anyone I know.


This small brick house, at 2256 Bailey, had been the family home of Godfried Wende, a prominent lawyer and civic leader who, Tielman believes, died in 1933. There's a street in Buffalo, Wende Street, named after him. There's also a Wende Hall at the University at Buffalo and Wende Correctional Facility in Alden probably named after someone in his family, but I couldn't immediately determine if it was Godfried or someone else in the family. Tielman noted the house is small, modest, but that's part of what makes it's history so interesting. "This guy became so powerful, but he stayed in the house," Tielman said.

The preservation board, he said, is in the process of scheduling a public hearing on the board's plan to designate the building a local landmark.

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