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As We See It: County Hall

As We See It: County Hall

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Buffalo is many things to many people, and those people often have different perspectives based on their own experiences. 

"As We See It," a series by The Buffalo News photography staff, takes a fresh look at local landmarks with each of our photographers offering his or her unique perspective.

Next up: County Hall

Erie County Hall, a conservative version of Gothic Revival, was designed by architect Andrew J. Warner and constructed from 1872-1875. The most prominent feature of the design is the bulky central tower, sculpted by Giovanni F. Sala and topped with huge figures representing justice, mechanical arts, agriculture and commerce.

Inside the building, the deed room remains unchanged from Warner’s original design. The remainder of the building underwent extensive renovation in 1925 by Harold Jewett Cook, a local architect renowned for his bank designs. A three-year, $3.4 million restoration project was completed in 2015 and included masonry repointing, removal and replacement of copper gutters, refurbishment of the iconic clock tower, and repairs to structural steel supports.

President Grover Cleveland began his political career here, serving as Erie County sheriff. President William McKinley’s body laid in state in the building, drawing more than  90,000 people in 1901. His assassin, Leon Czolgosz, was tried and convicted here in just two days. Erie County Hall is now home to the offices of the Erie County Legislature, as well as County Court offices. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Chief Photographer

I have a front row seat to life in the Queen City. I enjoy exploring our community, sharing unique views, documenting history and bringing stories to life. 1999 News intern. 2000 Boston University graduate. FAA licensed drone pilot.

Staff Photographer Buffalo News

I have been a Buffalo News Photographer for the past 24 years and worked previously in Buffalo for the Associated Press and United Press International. I graduated from Buffalo State College in communications in 1985.

staff photographer

I have the best job in the world, running around and telling your stories through photographs. I've been a staff photographer at the Buffalo News for 24 years.

Staff Photographer

I'm a Springville native, a Buffalo State graduate, an award-winning photojournalist. I've been with The Buffalo News since 1996. I'm passionate about covering high school sports and music.

I studied photojournalism at Syracuse University. Winner of 43 AP awards and national sports awards since 1993. Grew up in Patchogue, Long Island.

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