A gem for en­gi­neers, ar­chi­tects

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Jay Rey / NEWS STAFF RE­PORTER |

It was once known as Me­chan­ics Arts High School, then Buf­falo Tech­ni­cal High School, be­fore it even­tu­ally merged with an­other school to be­come one: Hutchinson-Cen­tral Tech­ni­cal High School. ¶ Hutch-Tech, for short. ¶ For the nearly 1,200 stu­dents who at­tend, it’s one of Buf­falo’s top-per­form­ing high schools. For the rest of us, it’s that grand, brick-and-ma­sonry build­ing at 256 S. Elm­wood Ave. near the cor­ner of West Chippewa Street. ¶ In fact, when built in 1913, its Gothic Re­vival style was ap­pro­pri­ate for aca­demic build­ings of the day, said Paul McDon­nell, di­rec­tor of fa­cil­i­ties plan­ning, de­sign and construction for the Buf­falo Pub­lic Schools. ¶ “I love the build­ing,” said McDon­nell, who chairs the city’s His­toric Preser­va­tion Board.

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