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Photo show charts restoration of Hotel@Lafayette

In the spate of historic renovations that have recently been carried out downtown, none is more widely adored than Rocco Termini’s restoration of the Lafayette Hotel.

From the unearthing of etched glass doors and elaborate tile and wood floors to the restoration of original paintings and plaster ornamentation, every aspect of the restoration was aimed at historic accuracy. The result, as anticipated, has turned the venue into one of the city’s most popular destinations.

Every step of the meticulous restoration process was documented by photographer Jackie Albarella, whose work goes on view June 2 in the Buffalo History Museum (1 Museum Court). The show demonstrates the interior of the hotel slowly shedding layers of grime and dust to reveal the grandeur and immaculate detail of its original state.

“Albarella captured the building’s journey from flophouse to historic landmark,” according to a release.” She documented each stage of the hotel’s rebirth, walking through dust-filled rooms, abandoned basement areas and ceiling holes.”

Call 873-9644 or visit buffalohistory.orgfor more information.

-Colin Dabkowski