Louise Blanchard Bethune

The French Renaissance, Lafayette Hotel was planned to be ready for the expected influx of visitors at the Pan-American Exposition in 1901, but financial problems delayed the hotel opening until 1904. The architect was America’s FIRST professional FEMALE ARCHITECT, Louise Blanchard Bethune. Originally called Courthouse Square, its name changed upon General Lafayette’s visit to Buffalo. This elegant hotel “was considered one of the 15 finest hotels in the country” due to its hot and cold water and telephones in every room.


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