Through December

Lenses: Ways of Looking at Buffalo and its Architecture

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In 1940, renowned architecture historian Henry Russell Hitchcock explored highlights of Western New York architecture through an installation of over 120 photographic enlargements at what was then called the Albright Art Gallery. A new show, Lenses: Ways of Seeing Buffalo and Its Architecture, takes a reflective, questioning view of Hitchcock’s pronouncements regarding which parts of Buffalo’s built environment have value and delves  into city builders and social histories not represented in his work: women, African Americans, Indigenous people, and all of those outside of the “Great Man” theory that Hitchcock espoused. The exhibition includes new graphical and written material in order to encourage visitors to reflect on how the privileged white male academic gaze has shaped which parts of Buffalo’s architectural legacy have been protected and which parts have been lost. The show is a collaboration among four Buffalo institutions: Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Stanford Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center at the Olmsted Richardson Campus, the Albright-Knox, and the Buffalo History Museum.


Lipsey Architecture Center (444 Forest Avenue), 852-3300



Through December

Buffalo History Museum

Guests should preregister on Eventbrite for general admission to the museum. Enjoy free admission to both the museum and the Resource Center

(459 Forest) on the monthly

Third Friday, December 17; check the website for programs. Exhibits at the museum include Continuum:

A History of Erie County, Inside Tim Russert’s Office, and more. 

(One Museum Court), 873-9644


Buffalo Science Museum

Ongoing permanent exhibits include 700,000 specimens pertaining to the Greater Niagara Region and form, by far, the most complete record of life in all of its forms in this area in anthropology, botany, entomology, mycology, paleontology, and zoology. Please note that prepurchased tickets are recommended for nonmembers. Check the website for children’s Discovery Camps. Lost Beauty II: The Art of Museum Stories is on view through December.

Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

(1020 Humboldt Pkwy), 896-5200 ext. 345


Explore Buffalo

In-person touring is back, including American Masters, Elmwood Avenue Victorians, Best of Buffalo, West Side Mob, and many more. Check the website for December tours; reservations must be made in advance., 245-3032


Herschell Carrousel Museum

Adults can ride the “Big” 1916 Number One Special Carrousel; there is also a Kiddie Carrousel. Check the website for special events. 

(180 Thompson Street,

N. Tonawanda), 693-1885


Martin House Tours

The Martin House campus is considered one of the great achievements of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career. With the lifting of all state restrictions, docent-led tours, including the second floor, are being offered, as well as twilight behind-the-scenes and photography tours. Self-guided tours are also available. Register online. Candlelight behind-the-scenes tours offered December 2, 9, and 16. Register on the website.

(125 Jewett Parkway), 856-3858


Old Fort Niagara

The scenic historic fort includes six eighteenth century buildings. Self-guided or audio tours include hourly musket demonstrations in addition to the many exhibits and period rooms. Tour the castle by candlelight on December 11 and 18. Register on the website.

(102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown), 745-7611


Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site 

Visit the house where Theodore Roosevelt was sworn into office, where the modern presidency began, and where a legend was introduced to the world. 

(641 Delaware Avenue)

TRSITE.ORG, 884-0095


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