Thursday, March 20, 2008

Liberty Building: Buffalo NY

Building Collector reader Mike M. reminded me of another large Statue of Liberty replica -- two in fact. The distinctive features of the 23-story, Liberty Building in Buffalo, N.Y., are twin Statue of Liberties created by sculptor Leo Lentelli. Standing tall on stepped pyramids, one statue faces west and the other east, representing Buffalo's once strategic location for trade and shipping along the Great Lakes. Built in 1925, the Liberty Building was first erected as headquarters for Liberty Bank and is now an office tower owned by the Main Liberty Group. Originally, three of the building’s name-sake statues adorned the structure including one over the Main Street entrance. However, only the 36-foot-tall rooftop statues remain today. Ms. Liberty’s torches are illuminated with 1,000-watt light bulbs. See more Statues of Liberty.

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