Correction Suggestion for the Albright Art Gallery History Website

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This card of the Albright Art Gallery is one of many from family archives that have been saved for over a hundred years. By Wicks, his daughter Ruth (Wicks McCartney), Grand daughter, Kitty (McCartney) and Great Grand daughter (me)  … with the hand lettered notation of GREEN & WICKS, ARCHTS.

It stands to reason that the notation made at that time was naturally a statement of fact … the design belonged to the collaborative efforts of the partners.

Here is a  quote from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery “History” link:

“…The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, founded in 1862, is among the nation’s oldest public arts institutions, sharing that distinction with the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford; and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, among others. At the turn of the twentieth century, local philanthropist John J. Albright donated funds for a new building and Edward B. Green of Green & Wicks was approved as the architect. This building became the permanent home for the Albright Art Gallery, dedicated on May 31, 1905…”

Credit for architectural design is attributed to EB Green only & I somehow think the work was the result of a collaborative effort of partners: Green & Wicks. Investigating the possibility that the partners, not one individual is responsible for the creation of the gallery would be an appropriate salute to the historical accuracy of the Albright Art Gallery.

Here is another source of information on the architectural history of the “Albright” I have found on archive.org an internet site known for its  Early Journal Content, and works that include research articles, news, letters, and other writings published in more than 200 of the oldest leading academic journals.  In part:

“… SPRING
HORATIO WALKER

OWNED BY J. J. ALBRIGHT. ESQ.

THE ALBRIGHT ART GALLERY

In designing this building the
architects, Messrs. Green & Wicks, of
Buffalo, kept in mind, apparently, the pe-
culiar requirements of an art gallery
with the result that the rooms are well
proportioned, adequately lighted and so
arranged that. free circulation is assured
and pleasing vistas afforded….”

The architects – plural. Everyone is gone now. How do we know what is accurate?  Were there minutes of a meeting that were documented? A letter? Telegram? Postcard?

I have a postcard … Green & Wicks … why do you think the Gallery would that be documented in this way? Why?

Pride of ownership.

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