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West Elevation - 1905 Building
Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building

1905 Original Name: Albright Art Gallery
2023 rebranding: Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building
Buffalo AKG Art Museum, 1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York
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Erected: 1900-1905 at a cost of over $1 million.
5,000 tons of marble were used in the building. When completed, the gallery had 102 columns, more than any building in America except the Capitol.
Architect: Green and Wicks (E.B. Green's masterpiece)
Style: Neoclassical ( Temple Front)

On this page below:

1913 Photo
2002 Photos
2023 Photos


1913 Photos



2002 Photos


On May 17, 1961, the stairs were removed from the Elmwood side and a retaining wall erected: the grand entrance from Elmwood was erased by the new parking lot.


Colonnade: A row of evenly spaced columns, usually supporting a roof or a set of arches.           Peristyle: colonnade  surrounding a courtyard, temple, etc. 



Alexander Liberman, "Bond," 1969                           Pizarro









Marble Ionic column at right












Anthemion






Pizarro









Lion head gargoyles / scuppers                      The lion heads are in the shape of gargoyles, but these seem not to function as drain spouts                   Leaf-and-dart molding



Lion head gargoyle                             Anthemion



Wrought iron



Lyman Kipp, "Flat Rate II," 1969






2023 Photos


Foreground:  Great Lawn                        Left: Jeffrey E. Gundlach Building               Center: John J. Albright Bridge, a serpentine glass skyway           Right: Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building






Great Lawn



Robert and Elisabeth Wilmers Building                Note that the staircase that was removed in 1961 has been reconstructed










 


Note the protruding lion heads on the sides of the gable roof                      The lion heads are in the shape of gargoyles, but these seem not to function as drain spouts                      Greek Ionic columns on the colonnade: A row of evenly spaced columns, usually supporting a roof or a set of arches.





















Photos and their arrangement 2002, 2023 Chuck LaChiusa
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