Hotel Lafayette - Table of Contents  ...................   Public Art - Table of Contents

Lafayette Tap Room /  Pan-American Grill & Brewery / Lafayette Brewery Company
Hotel at the Lafayette
391 Washington Street, Buffalo. NY
Hotel at the Lafayette - Official Website (online March 2018)

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History - Lafayette Tap Room

Exterior - Lafayette Tap Room / Pan-Am Grill & Brewery / Lafayette Brewery Company

"Pan-Am Grill & Brewery" outdoor mural

Bar

Mural - "Washington During the Revolutionary War"

Mural - "Washington at Mount Vernon After the Revolutionary War"


History - Lafayette Tap Room

To keep the Hotel Lafayette current with the latest trends, Esenwein & Johnson were commissioned in 1924 to make further alterations and additions.  The most significant of these was an addition to the south, which was seven stories high facing Washington Street but only two stories to the east, so as not to cut off daylight to the numerous light courts.  Construction began in 1924 and was completed in 1926.  Like the ballroom addition, it was also constructed of red brick with white terra cotta of a much simpler design than the original building. 

The ground floor contained the new billiard room, while additional hotel rooms were located in the seven-story section; the second story of the rest of the addition contained hotel work rooms.  In the early 1930s, the billiard room was converted into a bar, the first hotel bar in Buffalo to open after the repeal of prohibition; soon named the Lafayette Tap Room, it has remained open until earlier this year.  Overall, the addition has had only minor changes since it was built.
- WCPerspective, History of The Lafayette: Part Two

Exterior - Lafayette Tap Room / Pan-Am Grill & Brewery / Lafayette Brewery Company
Early 1930s name: Lafayette Tap Room
2011 name: Pan American Grill & Brewery   
2017 name: Lafayette Brewery Company



West Elevation
Pan American Grill & Brewery




West Elevation
Pan American Grill & Brewery




"Pan-Am Grill & Brewery" outdoor mural
2015 mural ... 2015 photos


 
South elevation ...  Mural   ...  
Public Art - Table of Contents


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The name Lafayette Tap Room was changed to  Pan-American Grill & Brewery after the 2012 restoration by developer Rocco Termini



The Pan-Am's Temple of Music, designed by Esenwein & Johnson, where Pres. McKinley was shot



Pan-Am grounds (leased from the Rumsey family) included artificial canals, gondolas, and gondoliers



As a result of McKinley's assassination, Vice-President was sworn in as President at the home of his friend, Ansley Wilcox.



Bar


Looking towards the front entrance Washington Street



View from the front entrance



Strapwork pattern on
copper-leafed barrel-vaulted ceiling


Broken pediment   ...  Center strapwork pattern



Mural - "Washington During the Revolutionary War"
2013  photos


Looking towards the bar   ...   Note side murals



Artist: Aldo Lazzarini   ...  Painted: 1936   ...
Speculative interpretation: Pulaski (mustache), Washington (wig) and Lafayette center of three) near Philadelphia in 1777   ...   Note the State of Vermont flag.

Evidence: "Moland House became Washington’s Headquarters.  Waiting for more word of the fleet, the Army stayed at Moland until 3:00 am on Saturday, August 23rd [1777].  During that stay, the Marquis de Lafayette came to join Washington’s army. Count Casimer Pulaski also joined and the U.S. Cavalry was then borne at Moland." - Moland House Historic Park (online August 2014)


Speculative interpretation: Pulaski and Washington
Evidence:
Pulaski, "Father of the American Cavalry," would be depicted with a horse



Speculative interpretation: Count Casimer Pulaski

Evidence: Portrait of Pulaski by Jan Styka



Speculative interpretation:  Washington ... Compare this portrait to the one in the other photos of Washington at Mount Vernon (below)



Speculative interpretation: Center figure: Marquis de Lafayette



Speculative interpretation:  Marquis de Lafayette

Evidence: Marquis de Lafayette. Missouri History Museum image:





Artist signature in lower right of painting




Mural - "Washington at Mount Vernon After the Revolutionary War"
2013  photos


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Speculative interpretation: Washington, at home in Mount Vernon in 1794, greets the Marquis de Lafayette and his son who was named after Washington.



Note artist signature in lower left.
Speculative interpretation: The young man on the horse is Lafayette's son, Georges Washington de La Fayette (1779–1849). In 1794, he would have been fifteen. 

Discrepancy: "In April 1795, Georges was sent to America with Frestrel. While there, he studied at Harvard, and he was a house guest of George Washington at the presidential mansion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and at Mount Vernon, Virginia." - Wikipedia (online August 2014)




Speculative interpretation: Lafayette's son, Georges Washington de La Fayette



Speculative interpretation: Washington, at home in Mount Vernon, greets the Marquis de Lafayette after the War
Evidence: Mount Vernon in the background.
Evidence:  Washington is not wearing military garb.
Evidence: "Lafayette and Washington remained close friends after the war. Lafayette named his only son George Washington Lafayette. When the Marquis came back to the United States in 1794, he visited Washington in retirement at Mount Vernon in August, where the two men had an emotional reunion. Lafayette stayed with the Washington family at Mount Vernon for ten days." - George Washington's Mount Vernon (online August 2014)



Speculative interpretation:  Lafayette



Speculative interpretation:   Washington



Artist signature in lower left of painting





Photos and their arrangement 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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