Kensington High School / Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington
319 Suffolk Street, Buffalo, New York

Frederick Law Olmsted School at Kensington - Official website  (online Feb. 2017)

Erected

1934-1937. A project of the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, the school was a child of the Depression (when Art Deco was popular).

Architect:

Daniel G. McNeil
Year Kensington HS closed:
2003
Beginning of the Olmsted School occupancy in the building:
2007

Neighborhood

Kensington-Bailey

Architectural Style

Art Deco.
One of two public Art Deco buildings in Buffalo, the other being City Hall.  (Central Terminal was privately financed.)







Center bay



Center bay   ...   Details below from the top down:


Center bay   ...   Copper roof   ...   Art Deco  lettering and geometric ornamentation




Reeding   ...   Art Deco  stylized bas-relief bison   ...   Cf., Market Arcade and Old Post Office/ECC




Center bay   ...   Common bond brick pattern (headers every 6th row)  ...   Center fountain   ...   Flanking sunbursts




Main entrance   ...   Owl detailed below:


Center bay   ...    Indiana(?)  limestone   ...   Chevrons   ...   Scallops   ...   Owl:  Mascot




Art Deco  scalloped ornament




Center bay   ...  Bas-relief   ...    Reeding   ...   Chevrons




Facade south bays


Five details below, starting at top left:




Detail #1 - Fountains   ...   Flanking sunbursts




Detail #2 - Dentils   ...   Sunbursts with volutes




Detail #3 -  Spandrel panels   ...   Torches   ...   Flames   ...   Chevrons



Detail #4 - Dentils   ...  American bond brick pattern




Detail #5 -
Art Deco  stylized eagle   ...   Chevrons   ...    Scallops





Two northern bays


Auditorium entrance   ...   Three details below:


Auditorium entrance detail #1


Auditorium entrance detail #2 - Chevrons   ...   Art Deco lettering   ...   Owl   ...   Scallops



Auditorium entrance detail #3 - Chevrons






North entrance    ...   Two details below:


North entrance detail #1 - Spandrel panels



North entrance detail #2 - Chevrons







Cornerstone   ...   City seal detail below:










 
Photos and their arrangement 2017 Chuck LaChiusa
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