Historical symbol will stand tall
July 25, 2001 | The Buffalo News
Buffalo will commemorate its greatest 20 century celebration with a 21st. century monument incorporating a 19th. century poet, according to a design unveiled Tuesday
Mayor Anthony M. Masiello and John A. Lydon unveiled a sketch of a monument to the 1901 Pan-American Exposition at its proposed site, the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Terrace, across from the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.
Lydon, who is also deputy fire commissioner, said he hoped to evoke some of that spirit with his design. The 25 foot high granite monument will feature two facing obelisks. The smaller form will represent the 1902 exposition; the larger will represent the 2001 centennial, Lydon said. Agap between the two forms will be illuminated from the ground.
‘’The light is the spirit and pride that was here in 1901,’’ Lydon said. ‘’The light has returned’’
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us”