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Ellicott Square Building, Buffalo

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The Ellicott Square Building is a historic office complex, completed in 1896, located in Buffalo, New York.HistoryThe Ellicott Square Building was designed by Charles Atwood of D. H. Burnham & Company, and completed in May, 1896. At the time of its completion, it was the largest office building in the world. In 1896 and 1897, the building was the site of Edisonia Hall and the Vitascope Theater, the earliest known dedicated motion picture theater in the world.At 10 stories high—with the capacity to support 10 more floors—and 447000sqft, the Ellicott Square Building was the largest office building in the world by floor area until 1908, with the opening of the Hudson Terminal buildings in New York City. It was built at a cost of $3.5 million in less than one year. The building was named after Joseph Ellicott, the planner and surveyor who laid out the then-village of Buffalo.The mantra of architect Daniel Burnham was "make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood; think big." Built in the Italian Renaissance style, the exterior of the Ellicott Square Building is made of granite, iron, and terra cotta with a veneer of pearl gray brick. The majestic interior courtyard contains a marble mosaic floor designed by William Winthrop Kent and James A. Johnson. Imported from Italy, the 23 million pieces of marble on the mosaic depict sun symbols from civilizations around the world. The interior court resembles that of the Rookery Building in Chicago.
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  • Detailed exterior with cherubs and vintage lighting. Needs a wee bit of repair but worth seeing for the historic value.  more »
  • We stopped in around 1:00pm for a quick family lunch while in Buffalo on a quick vacation. We were able to get the kids food at the little convenience store (yogurt, cheese sticks, pizza...) for very ...  more »
  • This building is one of Buffalo's Architectural Buildings. The Atrium Lobby Floor and the two Cast Iron Staircases are beautiful. In addition there are six to seven equally significant buildings withi...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful building and we share the same last name. Cool to see it bustling.
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