3.7.12

a mini trip

Last Thursday we took the day off work and took a trip down to Buffalo, NY. I personally really like Buffalo and always enjoy visiting; it’s a city with a fascinating history and it’s full of beautiful buildings. Sadly, this time we didn’t have time to visit the Albright-Knox, but since all it takes to get there and back is a free day and a half a tank of gas, I hope we’ll be back later this summer. We didn’t have a real reason for visiting (other than a general love of America, eagles, and stars and stripes, for real), but our friend Joe wanted to stop by O’Connell’s, a pretty incredible menswear shop that he had ordered from before but had never visited. This is our version of tourism, I guess. If you follow me on Instagram, some of this will be familiar, since I decided to be reckless with my data roaming and posted a few pictures there. 


We got caught snapping pictures of Joe in front of the building and it was pretty embarrassing, but also hilarious. It was a deadstock Woolrich jacket pilgrimage, possibly the world’s first.



Ice cream at Parkside Candies on Main Street. This building was so beautiful on the inside and we decided that it would be a nice place to have a wedding.

Buffalo has some cool buildings so we took a brief architecture tour.



The Guaranty building, designed by Louis Sullivan and Dankmar Adler.


Joe proclaimed that this text is “perfectly kerned” (for signage).

There are a few Frank Lloyd Wright-designed homes in Buffalo, including the Martin House Complex. It was closed but we wandered freely (tresspassed?) around the grounds. The light was so perfect at that hour.







These were some of the sweetest-smelling roses I have ever stuck my nose in. I spent a few moments wishing there were a way to bottle the scent and send it to Heather.



Thanks, pamphlet (these were taken with the Olympus Stylus Epic which sometimes focuses on the wrong thing, oops).

28 comments:

  1. i can't believe i still haven't stopped in buffalo (only zipped through on route to somewhere else). toshiko mori's building looks beautiful on the martin house grounds! maybe one of these days we'll actually stop in buffalo and make an afternoon of it.

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    1. Oh yes! With your architectural expertise I'm sure you would love it there! Geoff found a set on Flickr of Buffalo in the 1980s and it was so fascinating to see how much restoration has been done on some of these buildings. It's pretty quick to get to!

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  2. Such a wonderful post, Anabela!
    I must confess, I love everything....!!!!

    :O

    xoxo

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  3. Buffalo is my hometown. If you ever go back, let me know. I know all of the best pizzerias in town!

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    1. Oh nice! That sounds delicious.

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  4. Stunning photos, it all looks amazing. x

    Kate {Modette}
    http://modetteblog.com

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  5. i just got a mini case of anxiety knowing you were in america and we didn't hang out! i'm crazy! :)

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    1. Haha, aw, that's adorable! One day, my buddy...!

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  6. I've been to Buffalo only once, ages ago. didn't see half of the things in your post. great trip down memory lane. thanks :)

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    1. You're welcome! It's always fun to seek out unexpectedly enjoyable spots like these.

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  7. If you ever get a chance to tour the Martin House, do it! It's too bad it was closed. Adds to the experience. I loved walking the Olmstead park system.

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    1. Thanks! I think we will be back soon, so we're going to try again.

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  8. The Guaranty building looks lovely and the lights (?) are gorgeous. I really want to take more day trips.

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    1. It's such a beautiful building. This was a fun trip! Only a few hours of driving & it felt pretty different than Toronto in a lot of ways.

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  9. I appreciate the very retro feel in some of these photos. Nice post!

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  10. what a nice looking trip! I love the second photo of the Martin House complex.

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, that little camera takes pretty cute pictures!

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  11. I know what you mean about Buffalo. I only remember going there twice while I was living in Toronto and the last time we went, shortly before moving away in 2008, was the first time that I perused the downtown walkable areas. I was amazed at all of the beautiful architecture. It would have been amazing to experience the city in its heyday. Lovely photos!

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    1. It's pretty incredible, isn't it? Buffalo gets such a bad rap, but I always enjoy visiting.

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  12. what beautiful photographs, you make Buffalo shine!

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  13. What beautiful photos. I especially loved the ones you took in the grounds of the Martin House Complex: I adore Frank Lloyd Wright's work, and would love to visit.

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    1. Oh yes, recommended! And thank you.

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  14. Julianna19.7.12

    I live in Buffalo!!! It is sort of surreal to see pictures of things I pass everyday on a blog that I read. Glad that you enjoyed your visit!

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