Hotel Lafayette - Table of Contents

Hotel Lafayette
Photos taken on April 24, 2012 
During a Construction Tour conducted by
Owner Rocco Termini of Signature Development Co., LLC,
as part of the  C-SAAHN Noon Hour Lectures ...  Lecture Audio

On this page, below:

Lobby

Peacock Alley hall

Ballroom Foyer

Grand Marquis Ballroom

Crystal Ballroom

Triple A Room

Lafayette Room

Lounge

Lafayette Brewery Co.

Quotes:

Jackie Abarella's Blog  Author and photographer of The Hotel Lafayette: Restoring Louise Bethune's Masterpiece

WCPerspective, History of The Lafayette: The Interior

Lobby
1942 Remodeling: Art Moderne (Streamline) style


Art Moderne terrazzo floor    ...   The 1903 French Renaissance Revival style lobby was remodeled into a then current Art Moderne style in 1942   ...   In the 2011-2012 restoration, the 1942  Art Moderne style was retained because  it had taken on 72 years of historic significance   ...  
"The floor is polychromatic terrazzo laid in an abstract geometric pattern.  Eight large smooth columns on octagonal bases of red Numidian marble dominate the room.  The center of the ceiling is recessed and flat, and is lit indirectly by a decorative ledge that extends around the room, rounded at the corners.  In the center of the ceiling is a stalactite chandelier. "  - WCPerspective, History of The Lafayette: The Interior




Lobby   ...   Art Moderne style balustrade




Peacock Alley


Peacock Alley   ...     Scagliola



Peacock Alley




Peacock Alley   ...   Mosaic floor with Classical geometric fret design




Peacock Alley   ...    Ribbon-and-reed molding




Peacock Alley   ...    Skylight   ...   Note fleur-de-lis  stained glass motif - appropriate since the building was designed in French Renaissance Revival style and the fleur-de-lis is the official symbol for France.




Grand Marquis Ballroom Foyer

"This space links the western end of the ballroom with the corridor.  It is probably an adaptation of a room in the 1909-1911 addition that was built for a different purpose.  Its most distinctive features are the large octagonal pilasters with Corinthian capitals supporting a heavy beamed ceiling, and the large scale broken pediment framing an urn above the entrance to the ballroom.  The spaces between the large pilasters are divided in a way to suggest a two-story space, with smaller pilasters rising to a cornice two-thirds of the way up the wall." - WCPerspective, History of The Lafayette: The Interior



Grand Marquis Ballroom Foyer




Grand Marquis Ballroom Foyer   ...   Broken pediment with urn




  Grand Marquis Ballroom Foyer   ...   Modillions support broken pediment ...  Egg-and-dart



Grand Marquis Ballroom Foyer   ...    Rosettes




Grand Marquis Ballroom Foyer   ...   Leaded glass windows




Grand Marquis Ballroom

"The ballroom is the largest public space in the Lafayette.  This space was added during the 1916-1917 addition.  The ballroom is long, and is  unobstructed by any columns because there are no rooms above it. The ceiling has large beams supported by pilasters along the side walls. There were three small windows boarded up which have now been reopened to their original size.

"Damage to the ceiling was extensive.  The plaster beams were removed, the damaged ones replaced, and a new system was put in place to support the new beams and ceiling. Unlike the floors in other areas of the hotel, the floor in the ballroom is wooden. One speculation is that when this addition was built, the owners could not afford a tile floor and used the cheaper covering of hardwood." - Jackie Abarella's Blog



Grand Marquis Ballroom




Grand Marquis Ballroom   ...    Dentils ... Fluted  pilasters ... Festoons



Grand Marquis Ballroom   ...    2012 replica crystal chandeliers



Grand Marquis Ballroom   ...     Patera ...  Festoons ... Ribbons



Grand Marquis Ballroom   ...    Dentil molding ... Corinthian pilaster features fluting and bell flowers (chandelles)  ... Festoons ... Ribbons



Grand Marquis Ballroom   ...   




Grand Marquis Ballroom   ...    Ceiling medallion



Crystal Ballroom
Original name: Dining Room

"This large space, on the north side of the corridor and east of the grill/Lafayette room, is part of the 1909-1911 Bethune addition.  Although significantly modernized after World War II, the room retains much detailing from its original appearance.  It is bisected by three freestanding square columns and lit by large widows facing Clinton Street.  The Corinthian capitals of the columns and pilasters as well as the richly detailed cross beam ceiling rendered in plaster are original, as are the chandeliers; featuring an “L” for Lafayette, ones like these hung in most of the public spaces of the hotel, both original and addition.  Sections of the original mosaic floor are also intact.

"The space received a festive postwar Art Moderne makeover in 1946: two freestanding columns were faced with mirrors for most of their height, while the pilasters and another column received high relief decorative detailing (right).  The floor level was slightly raised on the south and west sides of the room, and separated from the lower floor by solid curving balustrades." - WCPerspective, "History of The Lafayette: The Interior"



Crystal Ballroom




Crystal Ballroom



 
Crystal Ballroom




Crystal Ballroom   ...    Paneled  pilaster




Crystal Ballroom   ...   Gilded  Corinthian column




Crystal Ballroom   ...   Palmette above pilaster



Triple A Room
Originally the Automobile Club Room; there was an Auto Club logo on the exterior

"... fronting on Ellicott Street, is a large room with a rich architectural treatment in plaster similar to the dining room, also part of the 1909-1911 Bethune addition.  Now subdivided into small rooms with a drop ceiling, the room features pilasters supporting a beamed ceiling rendered in plaster.  When the hotel addition opened this space was used as the downtown office of the Automobile Club of Buffalo, later part of the American Automobile Association (AAA), and served as such for several decades." - WCPerspective,  History of The Lafayette: The Interior



Triple A Room




Triple A Room








Triple A Room








Triple A Room








Triple A Room




  Triple A Room   ...    Capital: Egg-and-dart ... Stylized guttae



Lounge
(Former Mike A's Old Bourban & Butter)

"This was originally a lounge, a place to gather for a drink while staying at the hotel. At one end the wall was covered in a large mirror and there were leather benches in front of it. This space is off of the main hallway and can be accessed from the lobby.  A new decorative wall has been added, which will be the entrance to this lounge. The space is tucked into the side of the main hallway" - Jackie Abarella's Blog










  1940 light fixtures





Lafayette Brewing Co.
(Former Pan American Grill & Brewery, Lafayette Tap Room, off the lobby facing Washington Street)

"The Lafayette Tap room was originally three spaces; a bar and restaurant,  and a cocktail lounge connected by a foyer.The entire space was originally a billiard room but was converted to a bar at the end of Prohibition.   Extending into what was once the coffee shop of the Hotel Lafayette, the Pan American Grill will now have seating on ground level and in a mezzanine that will overlook the dining space and have a great  view of the performance area." -  Jackie Abarella's Blog



Lafayette Brewing Co.




Lafayette Brewing Co.   ...   Cove ceiling




Lafayette Brewing Co.   ...   Coffered panels feature cartouches







Lafayette Brewing Co.





Photos and their arrangement 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
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