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Niagara Mohawk building

Posted by
Paco Díaz (Palma de Mallorca, Spain) on 27 March 2009 in Architecture.

A view of the whole building (yesterday I show a detail)
It was built in 1932 and was designed by the architectural firm of Bley & Lyman, from Buffalo, and the Syracuse architect Melvin King. The façade is constructed of gray brick and stone in a series of setbacks. It has additional cladding in stainless steel, aluminum, and black glass. The ornamentation is truly over the top, as there are parallel bands, zigzags, and chevrons.
At the base of the tower six stories above the entrance, there is a 28-foot-high statue of a male figure with outstretched arms from which rays of light emanate like giant wings. The stainless steel sculpture is called, “Spirit of Light.” Niagara Mohawk gleams in the daylight and glitters at night with extensive interior lighting and powerful exterior flood light illumination. Here is a link to a YouTube video of the building taken at night: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LXf4OgbryM&feature=related

Canon EOS 50D 1/750 second F/4.0 ISO 800 24 mm

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Yvonne S. from Tilburg, Netherlands

A building with many details to photograph, Do you also have a night photo?

27 Mar 2009 7:10am

eva from Rouen, France

Impressionnant, presqu'effrayant ! Belle photo très expressive...

27 Mar 2009 7:28am

Jean-François from Les Issambres, France

wow impressionnant ! j'aime !

27 Mar 2009 7:43am

Mirko Herzner from Germany

Truly an interesting building, Francisco. Thanks for sharing the story...

27 Mar 2009 7:59am

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

It certainly has that 30's feel about it, almost modern yet strangely majestic, the top looks like a later addition, the bottom somehow inviting

27 Mar 2009 8:32am

Roman from Tulln, Austria

I really like your architecture photos....impressive

27 Mar 2009 9:09am

Ronnie 2¢ from London, United Kingdom

Interesting design. It has that heavy, lasting quality that one associates with 1930's architecture and which contrasts so strongly with the light impermanence of things built today.

27 Mar 2009 9:29am

Alivia from Saint-Etienne, France

j'aime bien tes précisions qui éclairent l'image, cette architecture est si particulière, je la trouve iimpressinnante . mais triste aussi !!

27 Mar 2009 11:23am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well framed and composed. Well done!

27 Mar 2009 11:59am

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

The colours in this structure are beautiful. Your framing is superb.

27 Mar 2009 12:17pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like this. Yesterday's shot was cool and so is this one. Grand architecture.

27 Mar 2009 2:30pm

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

A building that transmits an idea of strength rather than elegance. Well photographed.

27 Mar 2009 3:59pm

Stephen Phillips from San Francisco, United States

Magnificent. Beautifully presented, Francisco. Thank you you the history, commentary, and the link.

27 Mar 2009 4:12pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Strange seeing an American icon posted from Palma de Mallorca : ] Well done! best...jerry

27 Mar 2009 4:23pm

peter from new york, United States

i really liked yesterdays shot and its cool to see the whole building today. nicely done!

27 Mar 2009 4:35pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent Paco, good info too.

27 Mar 2009 5:20pm

fredo from marseille, France

Srange house, and strange architecture !
great compo.

27 Mar 2009 6:42pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Very interesting building. Nice shot

27 Mar 2009 9:27pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Gracias por la foto y la historia! increible este edificio! Parece como no es real. Que clase de compania es Mohawk? Tal vez, el edificio, lo pueden usar en la proxima pelicula de James Bond! Have a great weekend Paco!

27 Mar 2009 10:11pm

marianne from Toulouse, France

C'est très impressionnant !!!! quelle architecture !!!

27 Mar 2009 11:17pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Buen documento arquitectónico. Perfecto encadre.

27 Mar 2009 11:25pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Such an impressive building thanks for the link seeing it at night, I must get there and see it sometime

28 Mar 2009 12:42am

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

Beautiful angle and tonality to capture this remarkable architecture! Thanks for the background info. Have a great weekend!:-)

28 Mar 2009 1:46am

Canon EOS 50D
1/750 second
F/4.0
ISO 800
24 mm

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