Tagged: Telescope

Buffalo, New York and Exhibiting The Telescope Houses

After working on the Telescope Houses of Buffalo, New York for the last three years, I happily showed the series in Buffalo for the first time last weekend at Dennis Maher’s The Fargo House gallery. When I wasn’t at the gallery, I continued shooting the project and supplemented earlier photographs of the city with new images of neighborhood stores and Silo City. Photographs of the installation and several new images are below.

For more information about the Telescope Houses of Buffalo, New York, check out my recent interview in The Public conducted by University at Buffalo architecture professor Gregory Delaney and a ArchDaily/Satellite magazine feature on the series.

Buffalo Telescope Houses
New photographs of Buffalo telescope houses.

Telescope Houses of Buffalo Opening
The Fargo House on opening night.

Telescope Houses of Buffalo Exhibition at The Fargo House
An installation view.

Niagara Food Plus, Fashion & Footwear

Buffalove Al Madina Mini Mart
Neighborhood buildings featuring convenience stores.

Buffalo Synagogue Sequence
The major disappointment of the trip was the demolition of a former synagogue that had been converted into a church. The above sequence is from 2012, 2014 and my recent visit.

Walking through Silo City

Reviewing Plans in Silo City
Silo City was compelling as ever — this time with original plans, thanks to Isabella Crowley.

The Buffalo Telescope House (and Some Silos)

Last week I returned to Buffalo, New York for the Society of Architectural Historians‘ annual meeting. As usual, I took advantage of the combination of arriving early and a little free time to explore the city. While my last trip was primarily dedicated to photographing the great buildings of the city’s expansion era, I had greater latitude this time around. I’ve pulled out some favorite images below, but feel free to visit flickr for additional photographs from both trips.

I was most intrigued by the city’s preponderance of “telescope houses,” or buildings that were enlarged through rear additions that incrementally reduce in scale. The result is houses that seemingly could be collapsed into themselves.

Buffalo Telescope House 5

The buildings are located throughout the city but are clustered on the East Side. There, the combination of small houses, narrow lots, growing families and limited resources seems to have led to the distinctive expansion patterns. Years of concentrated divestment and neglect now provide windows into back and side yards to view the full depth of the houses.

Buffalo, New York Telescope Houses

The wide-open views also reveal the tenuous condition of many of the buildings — and the neighborhoods as a whole.

Buffalo, New York Telescope Houses, 2

While I spent a couple of days documenting the telescope houses, I still made time for the city’s remarkable grain elevators. A few photographs of those better-documented Buffalo structures are below.


Buffalo, New York Grain Elevator

Deer, Grain Elevator

In Silo City

Houses, Grain Elevator