Buffalo has found itself in decline ever since the opening of the Welland Canal.
That is…until the past few years…
At the beginning of the 20th century, Buffalo was booming. It was the 8th largest city in the U.S. and it played a major role in helping to form this country. Its influence ranged from being a major rail transportation hub, to the home of the steel manufacturing giant Bethlehem Steel along with its financial influences brought about through finance giant William G. Fargo (Founder of Wells Fargo and American Express) Much of Buffalo’s architecture was created by greats like Frank Lloyd Wright. Its park system was designed by world-renowned designer Fredrick Law Olmstead. Through the influence of all of these landmarks, industry leaders, and many many others, Buffalo formed the foundation of what could be a bench-mark for every great American city. However, as we also know, this trend did not continue and Buffalo has found itself in decline ever since the opening of the Welland Canal.
What’s initiating the “New Buffalo”
Its hard to pin-point the exact time when the change began to occur, but anyone that is from Buffalo, or has even visited here recently can not only see, but FEEL the change. With creation of Canal Side, the Medical Campus, Harbor Center, and the recent commitment of the new owners to keep the Bills in Buffalo, this all points Buffalo in a positive direction. A main part of this resurgence, has been the restoration of many of the great buildings and architecture that has been laying dormant for so many years…and we are helping to lead the charge with polished concrete floors and concrete counter tops.
We are doing our part to help push this recent revival, by taking many of the existing floors in the old, historic Buffalo buildings, and repolishing them…and our great city…back to the state (and in many cases better than) they were in before!
Concrete Innovations initiative to Repolish Buffalo
This is the first in our series of videos and presentations, diving deeper into the projects we are undertaking, and the effort we are making to help show the world, that Buffalo, NY is truly experiencing a “Renaissance”. For this video, we talk about our work at Larkin Center of Commerce, formerly home to the Larkin Company, built in 1906. We explain some hurdles we had to overcome, as well as interview the new building owner James Cornell. After watching this video, be sure to check out our blog at repolishbuffalo.concreteinnovationscorp.com and follow us on your favorite social media platforms through #repolishbuffalo