I came across some pictures in Shorpy a while ago of downtown Buffalo taken in the early days of the 20th century. I made Buffalo my “home town” after I got out of the Army in 1975. These pictures grabbed my attention, since I was so familiar with the buildings in them. Take, for example, this picture of Lafayette Square, in the heart of downtown Buffalo:

Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York

Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York

The building in the background on the right is the Brisbane Building.  My first job after the Army was working at the Citibank branch office located there on the ground floor of the Main Street side.  (That’s Main Street in the foreground. )  The building to the left of the Brisbane, in the center background, is the Hotel Lafayette.  I lived in a room there for about a year, in the mid-80s.   I believe the cool building on the left was the old downtown Buffalo Library, but I’m not sure.  The library had a modern style building there, built in the 1960s, by the time I lived in Buffalo. I spent many, many hours in that library. 🙂

Here is how the square looks these days:

Lafayette Square in more recent times

Lafayette Square in more recent times

Next up is St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, which is just a couple of blocks south of Lafayette Square. When I lived there in the early 1980s, my wife and I went through Confirmation at St. Paul’s, and later had our civil marriage blessed by one of the priests, who had become a friend of ours. (I did try to make the marriage work.)

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral, from another angle

St. Paul’s Cathedral, from another angle

Here is St. Paul’s today:

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Finally, Buffalo Savings Bank, a few blocks north of Lafayette Square. I worked as a printing press operator here in the late 70s-early 80s. The dome is literally covered in gold leaf.

Buffalo Savings Bank, early 1900s

Buffalo Savings Bank, early 1900s

Buffalo Savings Bank in more recent times, after it became "Goldome"

Buffalo Savings Bank in more recent times, after it became “Goldome”