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Erie County Savings Bank

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Status  Destroyed
Construction started  September 11, 1890
Renovated  1932
Opened  June 1893
Architectural style  Richardsonian Romanesque
Type  Office
Completed  June, 1893
Height  39 m
Floors  10
Architect  George B. Post
Erie County Savings Bank httpswwwwnyheritagepressorgcontenteriecoun
Location  9 Church Street, Buffalo, NY, United States
Cost  1 million USD ($26.2 million in 2015 dollars)
Similar  Buffalo Savings Bank, Main Place Tower, St Paul's Cathedral (Buffalo), Rumsey Park, Prudential (Guaranty) Building

The Erie County Savings Bank building was a 10-story Romanesque Revival, office and bank branch building that was located at present day 9 Church Street in downtown Buffalo, New York.

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Map of Erie County Savings Bank, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Building history

The decorative castle-like building was completed in 1893 to serve as the headquarters of the Erie county savings bank. The building was the work of architect George B. Post whom also designed the Buffalo Statler Towers. Built of pink granite from Jonesboro, Maine, the ashlar masonry walls were backed with brick. Although the exterior walls were load-bearing, the building had an interior steel framing system. The triangular shaped building was approximately 147 feet by 157 feet, and rose to nine stories high on Main Street side; ten stories high on the Pearl Street side. The building was constructed on a lot within Shelton Square in which the "Old" First Presbyterian Church stood. The church was destroyed in 1890, the same year construction of the savings bank began.

During the building's construction Thomas A. Edison served as the consulting engineer in charge of electrical installation.

The building was demolished in 1968 together with a number of adjacent buildings as part of an urban renewal project and replaced by the Main Place Tower. The Lion statues that were located atop the building's main entrance pillars along with granite architectural remnants were saved and are now located on the Buffalo State College campus.

Building site timeline

  • (1827-1890) "Old" First Presbyterian Church
  • (1893-1968) Erie County Savings Bank
  • (1969-Current) Main Place Tower
  • Bank history

  • Erie County Savings Bank was known as "The Big E" in advertising campaigns.(late 60s - 80s)
  • The bank changed its name to the Erie Savings Bank (1977-1981).
  • The bank's name changed to Empire of America (1982-1990).
  • In 1992, M&T Bank and KeyBank acquired its remaining deposits and the bank was dissolved.
  • References

    Erie County Savings Bank Wikipedia


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