The Hotel Lafayette has incredible plasterwork. From the small detail rosettes that have been restored and replaced, to the grand beams that frame the glorious ballroom, this place is a pristine example of French Renaissance architecture. And just when I thought I could not get more impressed with this project, I began checking out all of the marvelous wood that is here.
In the hallway there are two coatrooms one paneled in mahogany, and a few steps down the hall is the foyer and what was the auto club room, each with lots of rich, dark , hand restored wooden features. The foyer’s long wall has been refinished to reveal the beautiful, rich wood. This is another example of the detailed, old world craftsmanship that is reclaiming the glory at the Hotel Lafayette.
Much of this work has been done by hand, mimicking the manner it was done during the original construction. The woods in this structure are hardly ever used anymore. Woods like mahogany, and Flemish Oak are everywhere and are what help define the neoclassical look of the Lafayette.
New wood has been added to some areas, but it is designed and finished to match the existing style. One example is in the area off of the lobby. This was originally a lounge, a place to gather for a drink while staying at the hotel. At one end the wall was covered in a large mirror and there were leather benches in front of it. This space is off of the main hallway and can be accessed from the lobby.
A new decorative wall has been added, which will be the entrance to this lounge. The space is tucked into the side of the main hallway which gives it a warm and cozy feel. It has retained the look and feel of the original space, and will once again be a great meeting place, bar and beautiful addition to the Hotel.
Progress is quickly being made at the Lafayette. In a few weeks the floors of the lobby, ballrooms and Peacock Alley will be cleaned and finished. The hotel rooms are being completed and many of the apartments have been rented. The largest project Buffalo has seen in many years is in the home stretch, and the excitement continues to grow.