Heritage Series : Administration Building, 1874 – 1900

Sister Mary Sheila Driscoll (1911-1994) was the second D’Youville College Archivist, succeeding Sister St. Mary Jones.  In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the College, Sr. Mary Sheila created a pamphlet series on the history and founding of D’Youville College.

Periodically, a new pamphlet will be digitized and linked on this site.  Below is the first in this series, The Administration Building, 1874-1900.

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Pamphlet cover.

Administration building

Administration building

The original building, now the Koessler Administration building, as it appeared in 1872. Holy Angels Church is visible in the background.

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Page 2, "The Beginning."

Dr. R.V. Pierce's Palace Hotel, 1877

Dr. R.V. Pierce's Palace Hotel, 1877

Pierce's Hotel stood on Prospect between Porter and Connecticut, now the site of Alt and the Bauer Academic Center.

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Page 3, "The West Side," "The Fire," and "The West Wing."

Administration building, 1887 (1)

Administration building, 1887 (1)

Rebuilt Administration building with additional West Wing after the fire of 1887.

Administration building, 1887 (2)

Administration building, 1887 (2)

Rebuilt Administration building with additional West Wing after the fire of 1887.

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Heritage Series: The Administration Building, 1874 - 1900

Page 4, "The West Wing, cont."

Administration building, 1983

Administration building, 1983

Koessler Administration building, as it appeared when Sr. Mary Sheila wrote this pamphlet. Over the years, the brick had been painted cream from its original red.

Koessler Administration building, 1985

Koessler Administration building, 1985

Koessler, as it appears today. The cream paint was sandblasted from the brick in 1985, restoring it to its original red brick.

Sister Mary Sheila Driscoll

Sister Mary Sheila Driscoll

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William G. Fargo

William G. Fargo mansion, 1872

William G. Fargo mansion, 1872

The William G. Fargo mansion at 51 Niagara was adjacent to what is now the D’Youville campus (Fargo Avenue is named after William Fargo).  Fargo was born May 20, 1818 in Pompey, New York, and “commenced life financially at the bottom of the ladder,”¹  working as a grocery clerk and express messenger.  In 1851, he started Wells Fargo and Company with Henry Wells.  He served as mayor of Buffalo, 1862-1866, and from 1868 to his death in 1881, was president of American Express.

Fargo built his mansion in 1872; it was demolished a mere 29 years later in 1901.  At over 20,000 square feet, the home was expensive to maintain.  Fargo’s wife died in 1890 and the house was vacant thereafter.  In today’s dollars, it is estimated to have cost almost $10 million to build and furnish the home.

For more information and interior images on the William G. Fargo mansion, visit the Western New York Heritage.

Sources:

1 “Close of a Busy Career,” The New York Times, August 4, 1881.
2 “Fargo Estate: Then and Now,” Western New York Heritage
3 Image of Fargo home, D’Youville College Archives, Picture Gallery: A02.