Vars Building
344-352 Delaware Avenue at Tupper, Buffalo, NY

Erected:

1929

Architects:

Lawrence Bley and Duane Lyman

Style:

Art Deco

Location:

Related pages:


TEXT Beneath Illustrations


Looking Northwest



Perhaps the best example of  Commercial Art Deco in the city



Fluting along the top ... Stone (Ohio limestone?) pilasters with bas-relief stylized Ionic capitals ... Black, fluted  spandrel panels



Fluting along the top ... Stone (Ohio limestone?) pilasters with bas-relief stylized Ionic capitals ... Black, fluted  pilasters


F
luting along the top ... Stone (Ohio limestone?) pilaster with bas-relief stylized Ionic capitals ... Black, fluted  pilasters ... Stone bas relief Art Deco  spandrel panels



Black, fluted    Ionic pilaster with bas relief Art Deco capital



Note black spandrel panels





Art Deco stone bas relief Art Deco  spandrel panel


Black, but photograph color changed by  sunlight






Entrance at left beneath the panel









Top of photo: blue canopy


Perhaps the best example of an Art Deco commercial building in the city.

Delaware Avenue became the city's most prestigious street in the late 19th century with most of the city's largest residences being built on the street. Starting in the early 20th century, commercial and apartment buildings replaced many of the 19th century residences, especially after the street was widened, and trees removed.


Original owner: "...the son [of Harry T. Vars] Addison F. Vars was a heavy hitting young republican who was president of the advertising firm Addison Vars Inc. which was located at Delaware and Tupper" - History of the Niagara Frontier, Vol. IV, Biographical, 1931, by Merton M. Wilner, pp. 296-300



Photos and their arrangement 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
| ...Home Page ...| ..Buffalo Architecture Index...| ..Buffalo History Index... .|....E-Mail ...| ..

web site consulting by ingenious, inc.
.