Did you know that Buffalo was once home to the automaker that produced the official presidential vehicles for every president from William Howard Taft to FDR? From the early 1900s until the Great Depression, the Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company created some of the finest luxury vehicles ever made right here in Western New York. Although the company eventually fell on hard times and was forced to file bankruptcy in the late 1930s, Pierce Arrow had already forged an enduring legacy as one of America’s foremost early automakers.
Today, car enthusiasts and history buffs can still celebrate Buffalo’s rich transportation heritage at the Pierce Arrow Museum on Michigan Avenue.
Founded by Buffalo native Jim Sandoro in 2001, the Pierce Arrow Museum is a veritable treasure trove of antique cars and other automotive memorabilia spanning several decades of the 20th century. In addition to a number of beautifully-restored Pierce Arrow vehicles, the museum also includes several other Buffalo-made automobiles such as an early example of an electric car manufactured in the early 1920s.
Visitors to the museum can also see a full-scale replica of a filling station designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright for the corner of Michigan Avenue and Cherry Street in downtown Buffalo. Although the original filling station never came to fruition, the museum’s replica offers a fascinating look at a design that Wright called “an ornament to the pavement. With a second-story observation deck, copper roof and two 45-foot copper “totems,” the station’s design is striking even by today’s standards.
There are so many activities to do and places to see around Western New York. You won’t run out of things to do here when you live at Town Hall Terrace. For more information about our apartments, patio homes, and townhouses for rent, contact us at 716-773-2788 today!