It was a scene out of another age Tuesday night, as guests in evening dress pulled up to the Washington Street door of the Lafayette Hotel, now known as Hotel @ the Lafayette.
Guests had their doors opened by uniformed valets and entered the marble lobby as the doors were opened by uniformed staff members. It wasn't quite like the days when the hotel opened more than a century ago, but it was symbolic.
Developer Rocco Termini (second from left) leads a tour inside the Lafayette Hotel, which is currently under a massive renovation. Looking on are Common Councilmembers David Franczyk (left) and Council President Richard Fontana (at center).
Developer Rocco Termini shows Common Councilmembers David Franczyk, Rev. Darius Pridgen, Council President Rchard Fontana and Demone Smith the alley space he wants to acquire as part of the Lafayette Hotel renovation project.
A worker delicately stains a section of marble that is being restored for use within the Lafayette Hotel.
Buffalo lawmakers got a firsthand look at a massive renovation and restoration underway inside the historic Lafayette Hotel. There's a reason why developer Rocco Termini invited Buffalo Common Councilmembers on the tour. He's not looking for money but does need their blessing to buy a neighboring alley space.
"We will be putting some decks out there, just like you see at the Pearl Street Brewery, so that when people have their banquets at Pearl Street's facility here, they'll be able to use those decks," said Termini to reporters who also went on the tour.