Erie County Savings Bank
16 Niagara Street, Shelton Square, Buffalo, NY
Demolished 1968

History Beneath Illustrations





1905 photo



Postcard



"This building is of pink granite from Jonesboro, Maine." - Juanita and Steve
Maine Quarry Historians



Postcard


Postcard



Salvaged carved granite face



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Erected:

September 11, 1890 to June 1893

Architect:

George B. Post (also designed the Statler Hotel on Delaware Avenue)

A competition was held among 24 architects. See Johanna Hays, Louise Blanchard Bethune: Architect Extraordinaire and First American Woman Architect, Practiced in Buffalo, New York, pp. 202-203 (online Nov.  2012)

Style:

Richardsonian Romanesque

General setting and orientation:

Bank faced northeast on Niagara Street. Bounded on the west by Pearl Street, on the south by Church Street, and on the east by Main Street

Entrance:

Niagara Street. Round compound archway, surmounted by a balustrade flanked by bronze lions

Wall construction:

Slightly dressed, red granite, ashlar masonry walls backed by brick

Stonework:

Pink granite from Jonesboro, Maine.
Charles Athern, sculptor.
(Source: Juanita and Steve, Maine Quarry Historians)

Structural system, framing:

Although the exterior walls were load-bearing, the building had an interior steel framing system

Consulting engineer in charge of electrical installation:

Thomas A. Edison

Height:

Nine stories high on Main Street side; ten stories high on the Pearl Street side

Foundation:

Concrete; 7 - 13 feet thick

Prior building on the site:

"Old First" Presbyterian Church

Demolition date:

The building was demolished for the Harrison and Abramovitz-designed Erie Saving Bank/Main Place Mall Tower on Main at Church Streets in Buffalo in 1968

Photos and history:

HABS Survey/Historic American Engineering Record - Erie County Savings Bank 12 photos, 6 data pages.  TYPE: Erie County Savings Bank

TEXT SOURCE:

Susan R. Slade, 1973 on Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record - Erie County Savings Bank 12 photos, 6 data pages. TYPE: Erie County Savings Bank

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