Erie County Savings Bank ca. 1908

18 Jul

Here’s what the location of the Main Place Tower looked like a century ago, courtesy of Shorpy. You can clearly see the Guaranty Building in the left-hand corner, down to Franklin & Court. Again, with Shorpy posts, the beauty is looking at the full version of the photograph and examining the little details – like the stop sign suspended in the air above the street, or the mix of horse-drawn carriages and motor vehicles.

Someone posted a comment to the original post that included slides of this building being demolished in order to make way for the Main Place Tower and Mall back in 1968 – the tower may be doing well, but the mall is a forgotten and anachronistic piece of dreck, existing only to provide space for computer companies and as an elaborate roof for an underground parking garage.

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6 Responses to “Erie County Savings Bank ca. 1908”

  1. peteherr July 18, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    I am not at all a preservationist, who believes we should save and reuse everything, but that is one spectacular looking building. Too bad we traded it for what we actually put in its place. Is the mall portion still even open? I mean is there anything at all in there? I don’t think I’ve been in it since the late 80’s when I worked downtown at Studio Arena…..which is also closed. Hmmm.

  2. Buffalo Girl July 18, 2010 at 8:04 am #

    yes it’s still open, it has a food court, 3 shoe stores, a dollar store and a pizza place. A gift store recently opened that has some good stuff in it that I’ve actually bought. But that’s it for the mall. Since I work in Main Place Tower I’m in there quite often. I always wish there was more shopping downtown! It would be wonderful to be able to go shopping on my lunch hour!! When I lived in Boston I used to go shopping after work at Macy’s in downtown crossing all the time, I miss that convenience.

  3. Jesse July 19, 2010 at 8:46 am #

    You titled the wrong post “Mouth Agape”.

    Realizing that Buffalo had a building like that, and someone thought it would be a great idea to knock it down (and replace it with ANYTHING, much less the boring shit that’s down there now)….. that kills a little bit of me.

    The architecture on that bank reminds me quite a bit of the clubhouse etc at St Andrews watching golf yesterday. And we just blow it away. Awesome.

  4. stephanie July 19, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    people and cars on Main Street?
    Such CRAZINESS!

  5. Hank July 19, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    That was a cool building to go into. I was 11 when they tore it down, but my parents banked with the “BIG E”, and the BPS did their school savings program through ECSB also, So I was in there a lot with my parents when I was a kid.

    Main Place Tower—-another Buffalo Bad Joke.

  6. Ray July 20, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    ECSB, a victim of “urban renewal”, another lousy progressive program.
    The late Buffalo Evening News reporter, Ellen Taussig wrote back then “Renewal is a fresh, spring word that is echoing down the streets of most U.S. cities. In its wake, some of the very structure and tradition of a city falls. Only time will tell if renewal justifies itself.
    In every city there is what might be described as a heart or core. The Erie County Savings Bank at Shelton Square was perhaps the primary valve in the heart of downtown Buffalo, the McKinley Monument rising in a circular park in the center of town excepted. But the Erie County Savings Bank was the living heart.”

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