Demolished! Deaconess Hospital, Buffalo, NY

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This blog features only a tiny fraction of everyday mid-century architecture. And much of this type of design is never documented by anyone. So it unfortunately makes sense that a large percentage of this type of building is demolished with very few people noticing. However there are a growing number of individuals and organizations out there interested in this lesser-known mid-century modernism.

In this instance, reader Joe Coil alerted me to the demolition of the former Deaconess Hospital at 1001 Humboldt Parkway in Buffalo. The monolithic complex of more than 200,000 square feet dated from the late 1950s to early 1960s and was designed by James, Meadows & Howard (previously covered here). It was largely demolished in November and December 2012. A historic image of the hospital can be seen here and an article about the redevelopment can be found here. Joe took a few photos during demolition which can be seen below.

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4 Responses to Demolished! Deaconess Hospital, Buffalo, NY

  1. What a waste of a perfectly serviceable, not to mention handsome, building.

  2. mike says:

    i did security in the building what a great place from the inside out !

  3. RD Wolff says:

    Any knowlege of other hospital buildings in Buffalo that have been demolished? I’m trying to track down the one a blue and white glazed terracotta roundel sculpture of a swaddled baby came from. The building would have dated to around 1915-1920 era.

  4. Ruth says:

    Hi RD Wolff! I recall seeing such a sculpture above one of the entrances to Children’s Hospital on Bryant St., circa 1960s or 70s. I’ll bet it is long since gone.

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