In October 2013 I was lucky enough to take a tour led by my friend Krystal. Check out her post about what it's like to be a docent for some of Buffalo's most interesting places. My friend Zan also was on the tour, and wrote about it on her blog. I'm happy to add my two cents to theirs because my grandmother was curious to hear about the building that shares her maiden name. She grew up in Lockport and has great memories of Buffalo, so I hope she'll be a guest blogger soon.
The inside was incredible, although we couldn't take pictures of it. There were huge hallways, piles of plaster on the floor, and large ribbons of peeling paint. We walked into rooms that used to be inmates' bedrooms, a room with flame marks licking across the walls, and one room that used to be a barbershop. The chairs and mirrors were all still in place under a coat of dust, as though they had been used a few months ago instead of decades.
Below: you can't even see the whole complex in the first picture. The second picture shows the "before" for the new main entrance. Wait til you see the "after!"
Below: because I do things like this, I went to see it at night as well. Breathtaking!