Buffalo Industrial Bank - Table of Contents

Exterior - Buffalo Industrial Bank / 17 Court Street Office Building
17 Court Street, Buffalo, NY

Erected: 1929
Architect:
Bley & Lyman
Style: Art Deco
Exterior:
Indiana(?) limestone
Name change: Bank of New York – Western Region:
1976?
Name change: Key Bank:
?
Similar frieze imagery:
City Hall


NW corner of Pearl and Court



Court Street facade




Court Street facade   ...   Details from the top down:




Art Deco  bas-relief   ...   Stylized volute




Bull   ...   Volutes   ...   Fluting on the columns which emphasize the design verticality of this Art Deco building




Bas-relief frieze: "Gods of industry," contemporary images in background, with Egyptian(?) figures in forefront     ...   Similar  depictions on City Hall   ...  Seven details below: 


Detail #1 - far left


Detail #2


Detail #3   ...   Note chevrons, sun rays at far right


Detail #4 - Isis(?) wearing crown with cobras ...   Bundled reeds depict the earliest columns; here at the side of a skyscraper which is the culmination of the evolution of the column   ...   Sunburst    ...   Paired eagles



Detail #5


Detail #6 - Shield decorated with eagle


Detail #7 - Far right   ...  Modern transportation and electricity   ...   Winged helmet recalls Hermes   ...   City Hall, completed in 1931, has similar imagery. 





Art Deco reeded (vs. Classical fluted) engaged column   ...   Metal spandrel panels feature geometric, stylized Classical images




Engaged column   ...   Reeded shaft (vs. Greek fluted column)   ...   Sunbursts   ...   Chevrons



Metal spandrel panels (detail below:)


Volutes   ...   Sunbursts   ...   Chevrons


Welded closed bank deposit door   ...  Modified federal eagle




Column shafts   ...   Ornamented mullion    ...   Spandrel panels





Photos and their arrangement 2017 Chuck LaChiusa
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