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(Reading Tom, Flickr)
(Reading Tom, Flickr)
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Bet You Didn’t Know This Famous Downtown Building Is One Of The World’s First Skyscrapers! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Buffalo is home to works by some of history's most prominent architects, and any walk downtown is a living monument to that statement.

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(Pubdog, Wikimedia Commons)
(Pubdog, Wikimedia Commons)
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‘Full House’-Like Row Houses In Buffalo? Try The Masten District! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Every kid born in the ’80s and ‘90s wanted to live in a house like those on 'Full House'…or maybe that was just me.

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(Canisius High School, Facebook)
(Canisius High School, Facebook)
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Go To Canisius High School, Hang Out In A Former Mansion [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

You don't expect high schools to be housed in former mansions and Mason hangouts -- but that's exactly the history of one of Canisius High School's most iconic buildings. 

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Main Street Buffalo
Angela Stefano
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The More Things Change, The More Main Street Stays The Same? [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

You know what they say: The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Al Amigone's Restaurant and Bar
Boston Public Library, Flickr
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What’s This About Al Amigone’s + a Revolving Bar?? [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Yes, you read that headline right: Al Amigone's was apparently home to a revolving bar.

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Rosinski Furniture Co
Boston Public Library, Flickr
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A Little History on Rosinski Furniture Co.’s Co-Owners [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

The internet doesn't hold much information about the Rosinski Furniture Co. But a trip through Google's search results does reveal a bit about the stores' owners!

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1787 Genesee Street Buffalo
Google Maps
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Sciandra’s Toyland — So Much Cooler Than Toys ‘R’ Us [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

It might be hard to believe, but in the 1950s and '60s, the boarded-up building above, located at 1787 Genesee St., was Western New York's largest toy store.

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Delaware and Auburn Buffalo
Google Maps
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Where Was Buffalo’s First Water Station? [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Even if you tried really, really, really hard, I don't think you could guess where the above photo corresponds to in present-day Buffalo.

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Main Street and North Fillmore
Google Maps
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From Cars to Finance — Don Allen’s City Chevrolet [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Virtual records of Don Allen's City Chevrolet are either basically non-existent or very well hidden. Here's what we do know.

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Kleinhan's Music Hall, Facebook
Kleinhan's Music Hall, Facebook
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What Stood Where Kleinhans Music Hall Is Today? A Mansion, Of Course! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

I love how old-school venues like Kleinhans Music Hall are: the big brass doors, the decor, the fancy feel of the whole place. I'm a fan of dingy little clubs, don't get me wrong, but I've seen some awesome shows at Kleinhans.

I've never given much thought to what used to be where the venue now stands; honestly, it's one of those buildings I just sort of assumed had been there basically forever. Turns out I was wrong.

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Pano's Buffalo
Pano's Restaurant, Facebook
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Greek, Mexican, Pizza — Pano’s Former Location Has Housed it All! [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Most Buffalonians can recall Pano's humble beginnings before the huge remodel they did a few years back -- the brick-and-white-sided building, the bright blue awning, the cute, diner-y feel of it all. It was one of my favorite places to have lunch when I was finally allowed to leave school during senior year free periods (at Nardin, if you're wondering).

But do you remember Pano's before that?

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A Bird’s Eye View — South Buffalo in the 1930s [BUFFALO: THEN AND NOW]

Even though I hate flying, I love peeking out the window as the plane descends, just to see if I can pick out places I know. Plus, it's really cool to get a different, aerial view of things.

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