City in upstate New York dubbed a hidden gem for architecture buffs

Trips can be planned by weather, food, or family, but Architectural Digest (AD) recently published a list of gorgeous places every architecture and design lover should have on their 2023 travel bucket list, and one city in upstate New York has it on done the list.

AD placed Buffalo, New York, at number 20 on their list, calling it an “unseen pilgrimage site for architecture buffs.”

The article highlights buildings like the Guaranty Building, considered the prototype of the modern skyscraper, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prarie-style Martin House Complex, just one of several Wright buildings in the city.

Tour the Graycliff Estate, the Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station, the Fontana Boathouse, and the Blue Sky Mausoleum for more of Wright’s architectural inspiration.

AD also mentions the Martin House Visitor Center, designed by Toshiko Mori, one of their Hall of Famers. Mori’s work can also be seen in his design for the Center of Excellence in downtown Syracuse at 727 E Washington Street.

Other notable buildings they mention are the Kleinhans Music Hall, their grand concert hall. Today, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra is home to other famous figures who have performed on the acoustically pleasing stage, such as Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Led Zeppelin.

Visit the popular Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which originally opened in 1962 and has expanded over the past two years with the addition of a new wing and other improvements designed by Shohei Shigematsu of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture.

The modern and contemporary art gallery is also the driving force behind the AK Public Art Initiative, hiring a curator for public spaces and igniting murals and sculptures in western New York created by international and local artists and design firms.

If the outdoors is more your style, AD promotes Buffalo’s network of parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. They are a perfect place to spend the afternoon.

Olmstead, who designed Central Park in New York City and Prospect Park in Brooklyn with his partner Calvert Vaux, came to Buffalo in the 18th century and created a “city within a park”. This network includes six major parks, seven park trails, and eight landscaped circles throughout the city.

It is considered to be the country’s first urban park system.

The Queen City is in good company on AD’s list with other places like Paris, France; Mykonos, Greece; Edinburgh, Scotland; Kyushu, Japan and more.

The same publication named Buffalo High School the most beautiful in New York back in 2017.

See Architectural Digest for the full list.


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