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I.M. Pei, the globally important architect, died last week. Around the world, architectural historians spoke with reverence of his work, such as his glass pyramid at the Louvre, the East Building at the National Gallery or, closer to home, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. My reaction was more primal. Fifty years ago, I was a kid in Dunkirk, living on the same stre…

Business

Have you ever wanted to see the inside of the former Goldome building, with its gilded roof? Or glance through the closed stacks of the Central Library? Here's your chance. Explore Buffalo is holding its first-ever Doors Open Buffalo event, offering a full day of free public access to significant public buildings, businesses and churches in downtown Buffalo "that peo…

Wendel, the Buffalo-based design, construction and engineering firm, has acquired a specialized firm in Atlanta to boost its expertise and geographic reach. The company did not say how much it paid to acquire the Architecture Group, which focuses on institutional architecture in Atlanta and the southeastern United States for clients such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapi…

Columns

We live in an angry time, when arguments and divisions often drown out reason. In such a time, you look for those rare and reaffirming moments when people offer unexpected moments of communion. Consider the tale of Alphonso Butlak IV, and his offer to shape Mercury's head. If you work in downtown Buffalo, you might be familiar with the sculpture of Mercury, messenger…

Buffalo

In this regard, Michael Kless speaks for much of Buffalo. He is chief engineer at the Electric Tower, the Washington Street landmark owned by Iskalo Development. That means he has 14 floors worth of equipment and wiring to deal with every day, creating a building that to an engineer almost becomes a living thing. Yet this is no ordinary landmark in the city. Kless never…

Columns

Barbara Campagna and Susan Penczkowski started on opposite sides of the crowd last Thursday inside One Seneca Tower, but they were drawn toward one another, like magnets. They kept reacting to the moment in the same delighted way, and they were glad someone else could understand what they were thinking. Inside the 1970s stone emptiness of the tower's main concourse, …

Buffalo

Dr. Joe Nowak faced a difficult choice. His brother, Buffalo architect Peter Nowak, died on an August night 18 months ago from diabetes, alone, at the Stuyvesant Apartments on Elmwood Avenue. Joe, a California dentist, traveled here with his wife, Shalan, to settle Nowak’s affairs. They found few possessions in the apartment, Shalan said, only Nowak’s “drawing board and…

Art

On June 22, Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture spoke to a crowd of assembled artists, journalists and officials in Quebec City about his firm's design for the National Fine Arts Museum of Quebec. Many of his comments about the building, which like the Albright-Knox Art Gallery sits on a historic campus in a major park, are relevant to his firm's…