Detailing The Calvert Vaux Band Stand
After featuring an article on the Calvert Vaux band shell in the current print issue of Buffalo Rising Magazine I received a phone call from Michael Giallombardo. He told me a great story about how his brother Sal had acquired a house in Allentown that had once been the studio of Buffalo photographer Howard Beach. Ever since, the two brothers have been cataloging the plates (mostly portraits). Every once in a while the two would come across an image of Buffalo that they (and others) had never come across before. During Howard Beach's lifetime he had compiled many plates from two other local photographers by the last name of Hall and Simpson. "It's not clear who took some of the photos," Michael told me. "But there is one that shows the Calvert Vaux band shell clear as day."
I told Michael that I would be interested in seeing the image, so the two of us met up (minutes ago) at Caffe Aroma on Elmwood. He had with him a photograph that shows rich detail of the structure found on Hoyt Lake. In the photo it is easy to see all of the detail from the roof tiles to the railing to the two old gas lanterns that sit out by the water. This photo also shows just where the band shell stood in relation to the Historical Society. Even the nearby bridge is shown (more on that later) with its magnificent lion sculptures guarding each of the four corners. This detailed photograph is exactly what Keven Gaughan has been looking in order to continue on with his proposal to the Mortimer Levitt Foundation.
Photo from the collection of Sal Giallombardo