Hotel Lafayette


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391 Washington Street Buffalo, NY 14203
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Next to: AM&A's Warehouse and Warehouse Lofts
Across from: Buffalo Public Library, Brisbane Building, R. Oven's Bakery


Rocco Termini, Signature Development

Termini also owns: Horton Coffee Building, Distillery Lofts, Houk Lofts, AM&A's Warehouse, Oak School Lofts, Webb Building

Physical Description

300,000 sq.ft. French Renaissance style hotel with a red brick and terracotta facade.

Current Condition

Fully restored hotel, apartments, restaurants, retail.


  • The building was designed in 1901 by the first female architect to become a member of the AIA, Louise Blanchard Bethune.
  • It was built in order to accommodate the large influx of people into the city expected for the 1901 Pan-American exhibition, however the hotel did not open its doors until 1904.
  • Construction of various additions to the building continued until 1926

Recent Events and Actions Taken

2011 - Renovated by Rocco Termini in a $42 million project headed by architects Carmina Wood Morris

Other Pertinent Facts

  • The Lafayette Hotel was considered one of the top 15 finest hotels in the country during its "heyday".
  • It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010


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Added 2013-01-02 • Last changed 2016-10-28