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Burchfield Penney Art Center

If there's one thing that describes Buffalonians, it's pride. Whether it's in the form of tirelessly cheering on our Buffalo Bills or even boasting about the annual snowfall, we'll sing it loudly. And though we have yet to win that Superbowl (a very sensitive subject), the city has certainly won the hearts of architecture fans—capturing them anew in 2008 with the completion of the Burchfield Penney Art Center designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architecture and certified as New York state's first LEED art museum.

Over Presidents' Day weekend, I traveled back to Buffalo (where I grew up) and was able to take in the 84,000-square-foot, zinc-clad building located at the center of Buffalo's museum district along the Elmwood corridor. Not only is the new center next to the famous H.H. Richardson Buffalo State Hospital buildings (beautifully captured at night by Christopher Payne in his book Asylum), but it is located across the street from the renowned Alright-Knox Art Gallery (with an expansion designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore Owings & Merrill) and near the city's Frederick Law Olmstead park. Photo by KC Kratt.

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