Representatives of Erie Community College, Erie County, Preservation Buffalo Niagara and area construction firms celebrated the college's $10 million restoration of City Campus's historic 1901 building with a news conference and raising of the final rooftop finial on Wednesday, July 18th near the Ellicott Street campus entrance.
The massive preservation project (which began in the summer of 2011) has included replacement of the one-time Buffalo Post Office building's roof; granite and mortar repair of the building's towering exterior; replacement of the stone walls and cast iron porte cochere at the college's Oak Street loading dock; restoration of fourth floor art glass; and replacement of the entire building's windows and window frames. Installation of the last of four copper rooftop finials—which haven't set atop the building since before 1980—signify the building's approach to completion this fall.
"We're able to say that, of all the great things that happen inside this building at ECC City, we're also proud of its history," said ECC President Jack Quinn. "We're proud to be occupying it with the great things that go on educationally here at ECC and for our students."
Along with President Quinn, notable attendees of the event included representatives of Picone Construction; representatives of Grover Roofing; representatives of Flynn Battaglia Architects; Tom Yots, director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara; members of ECC's executive staff; and assorted staff and students.