"Guest-blogger Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst N.Y. and has worked in the
ophthalmology field of medicine for over 30 years...
Today she talks about one of Buffalo New York's most nostalgic properties. Enjoy... ;D)
A flash From the past
Every year my husbands’ employer throws a big holiday bash at a large restaurant down town.
This year they chose the old Statler hotel that was originally build in the 1930’s; it is the hotel that my parents got married in way back in the 1940’s and has since gone through many transitions. Eventually it fell into disrepair until recently when a Buffalo developer though it worthy of renovations. It was finally partially finished enough to hold this big bash for over 500 people to attend and I was more than anxious to attend and place myself in the very place where my parents tied the knot.
Of course back in the 1930’s many people had no cars so there was no place to park, valet parking was provided and as we approached we saw a wagon train like line to drop off the car. As we entered the majestic doorway I could only imagine what it was like way back then when it was first built. The entry was wide open and entered into a walk way that had many entrances to the ballrooms. Our party took up two very large ballrooms and had been renovated from ceiling to floor with the exact ambiance that charmed that century. The ballrooms were very grand with large dance floors and charm. The music playing was in keeping with that era until of course the dance music kicked in later on in the evening for quick dancing and line dancers. It was a charming evening; even the bathrooms had been updated with old again new fixtures and amenities.
It was a pleasure to experience such an old place brought back to life for the city of Buffalo and so popular that they are booked up for the next year with weddings and parties. It’s great to see life brought back to Buffalo, slowly as it may be. ..slow is better than never in my book.
Photo's and History of the Historic Buffalo Statler Hilton...