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Rand Building
14 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York

Construction end:

1929

Architects:

Franklyn & William Kidd; James W Kideney & Assoc.

(Rand House, also designed by the Kidds)

Construction firm:

John W. Cowper Company
Name:
Named after George F. Rand, Sr., former president of Marine Bank

Style:

Art Deco skyscraper
Height: 391 ft., 29 floors
See also:
Photo taken from Lofts@136

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Art Deco style main entrance



Scrolled acanthus leaves

Cast iron diaper work (S scrolls) in spandrel panels


Dentils beneath sill

Bas-relief stylized flowers on stringcourse

Skyscraper vertical offices are the equivalent of a Greek column shaft

Monumental Art Deco style finials

 

 

South and east elevations

East elevation









History
1830s - Lumber yard
1845 - Lafayette Presbyterian Church
1850 - Church destroyed in fire and rebuilt
1862 - Larger church (photo) replaces previous structure
1901-1913 - Congregation moved and sold building, which was remodeled into a burlesque house called Lafayette Theater
1908 - Private residence on corner demolished for new building by architects Seames and Zeitler called the Park Hof restaurant.
1914 - Sold and remodeled again as Olympic Theater - movies and vaudeville
1929 - Rand Building built by architects Franklyn & William Kidd - James W Kideney & Assoc., and construction firm John W. Cowper Company



1845 - Lafayette Presbyterian Church
1850 - Church destroyed in fire and rebuilt
1862 - Larger church (photo) replaces previous structure

Far left in photo: German Insurance Building



Left of the Olympic theater:  German Insurance Building  ...  Far right: Lafayette theater ... The Rand Building was built on the site of the 1903 Olympic Theatre


The Rand Building was built on the site of the 1903 Olympic Theatre


Architect's drawing


The Olympic Movie Theatre was demolished for the Rand Building.

"The Rand Building on Lafayette Square was Buffalo's tallest building (29 floors) when it was opened in 1929. It was named in honor of George F. Rand, Sr., long-time president and chairman of the board of Marine Bank. It was largely his vision and efforts which led to New York State's first consolidated banking system called Marine Midland Corporation. Marine takes its name from the fact that originally its main customers were largely from the grain and marine trade on the lakes and along the Buffalo River." - David M. Rote, Buffalo's Three Towers of Power

"One of Buffalo's "Skyscrapers" which makes up our Metropolitan skyline. Built in 1929 by the Marine Trust Company of Buffalo, rising 408 feet above street level-including a 40 ft. beacon tower, visible for many miles in all directions. This modern office building houses about 250 offices-among which are the studios of Radio Station WGR and the main offices of Western Union Telegraph Co." - cardcow.com

"The Rand Building [1929] has details similar to the Empire State Building [1931], and may have had some influence in the latter building's design." - Emporis.com

Tallest buildings in Buffalo  (online October 2014)


Photos and their arrangement 2007 Chuck LaChiusa
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