National Geographic : 1956 Nov
613 Joseph P. Blair, III, National Geographic Staff New York State Building and the Seven-story U. S. Courthouse Border the Plaza Joseph Ellicott in 1803 designed Buffalo after the National Capital. Like Washington, D. C., the town was set afire in the War of 1812. Rising from ashes, it became a trade pivot between Great Lakes and Atlantic. A 36-foot statue of Liberty lifts her torch atop Liberty Bank. Octagonal tower on left is the Electric Building.