Ellicott Square was billed as the world’s largest office building when it opened at 295 Main St. in 1896. Today, it remains one of downtown Buffalo’s most important business addresses, while its famed lobby serves as a gathering place for parties, weddings and political rallies.
Some facts and figures:
• At 10 stories high, it is named after Joseph Ellicott – the original surveyor of most of Western New York.
• The lobby served as the set for hotel scenes in “The Natural,” filmed in Buffalo in 1984.
• Two grand staircases descend into the lobby. The building’s owner – Carl P. Paladino – announced his Republican candidacy for governor on the south staircase in 2010.
• The building was designed by architect Charles Atwood of D.H. Burnham and Co., and was constructed in about a year for $3.5 million.
• The interior lobby is made from 23 million pieces of Italian marble with various sun symbols. Several swastikas, installed before their negative association of Nazism, are included in the design.
• The building serves as headquarters for Paladino’s Ellicott Development Co.