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HSBC building is a very fine design

Has Buffalo forgotten already? The Marine Midland Center/HSBC Center (1969-’74) was designed by one of the most prestigious firms in America: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. What is notable also is that the lead designer in the New York office was Gordon Bunshaft, a Buffalo native, whose many famous buildings include the suave addition to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1962) and the Hirshhorn Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C. (1982).

The HSBC Center is part of a family of well-known “tall buildings” of Buffalo, often by famous architects, including the Prudential Building (Louis Sullivan, 1895-’96), City Hall (Dietel and Wade, 1929-’31) and the M&T Bank building (Minoru Yamasaki, 1964-’66). Look a the HSBC building again – it is considered by many a very fine design.

Daniel D. Reiff, Ph.D.

Architectural Historian

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