Cannon architect Mehrdad Yazdani’s Vascular Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Photo by kc kratt. Cover design by Chastity Taber.

In July of 2006, Spree published its first issue devoted exclusively to architecture—though the subject has been covered with regularity in these pages for over thirty-five years. This time around, we’ve devoted significant space to brand-new buildings and exciting new reuse projects. You’ll find the reborn Lafayette Hotel and Genesee Gateway, see some incredible work at City Honors and the Vascular Institute, look at beautiful religious architecture, hear from a few local architects, and more. Prepare to experience Western New York’s true assets, and learn that our most interesting buildings have even more fascinating stories.
By Christopher Brown, Jana Eisenberg, Bonnie Foit-Albert, Elizabeth Licata, Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Anna L. Miller, Barry A. Muskat, James Napora, Philip Nyhuis, Nancy J. Parisi, Jay Pawlowski, Christopher Schobert, Maria Scrivani, and James Walkowiak

The Lafayette Hotel
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt
The Lofts at 136
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt
Genesee Gateway:
An historic commercal space returns

By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt
David Stieglitz: The big picture
By Philip Nyhuis; photo by kc kratt
The Vascular Institute
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt
The federal courthouse
By Barry A. Muskat; photos by kc kratt
The rise and fall of the Vernor Building
By Philip Nyhuis
J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital
By Elizabeth Licata; photos by Char Szabo-Perricelli

Q&A: Dr. Aaron M. Podolefsky, president, Buffalo State College, and Ronnie L. Podolefsky
By Christopher Schobert; photos by kc kratt
Cool stuff: Fact or fiction?
Red Jacket and the nature of historic inquiry

By Maria Scrivani
Cool stuff: Creative chaos comes to Buffalo
By Kevin Purdy; photo by Nancy J. Parisi
Spree Insider: Feed your soul at two enlightening December events
By Julia Burke
The BPO turns seventy-five with five discs
By Erin Trester
The Hot 5: An opinionated to-do list
By Christopher Schobert
Holiday Events Calendar 2010

Style: It’s party time
By Jana Eisenberg
Gardening: Tree dreams in South Wales
By Sally Cunningham

Health: Taming the tummy
By Terri Parsell Hilmey
Plus: Christmas tree shopping memories and the real vs. plastic debate.

Spree revels in luxurious eating at Oliver’s, offers some spirited holiday drink recipes, visits Richard’s on Main, and looks at the month in galas and charity events.
By William C. Altreuter, Mark Criden, Terri Parsell Hilmey, Vicki G. Marshall, and Margaret M. Toohey

Second helpings: Oliver’s—still serving food, glorious food
By William C. Altreuter; photos by kc kratt
A holiday pageant in three acts
By Mark Criden

Editor’s letter, Deadlines
Dining guide
Shopping Spree
Cultural listings
Index of advertisers
Who was there

Bflo Days:
Welcome to the Black Friday jungle
By Christopher Schobert