Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures; landscapes - cultural landscapes - gardens

Designers: Gruen, Victor, Associates (firm); Victor David Gruen (architect); Cesar Pelli (architect)

Dates: constructed 1976-1977

Rainbow Boulevard and First Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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Argentine Architect Cesar Pelli (b. 1926) designed the Winter Garden, Niagara Falls, NY, while serving as Partner for Design, at Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, CA. Architect Michael J. Bednar wrote of the Rainbow Center Winter Garden in 1989: "The Rainbow Center Winter Garden in Niagara Falls, New York, ...has been termed both a 'triumphal arch' and a 'city gate.' As a triumphal arch, the windows at both ends of the ground-floor mezzanine levels fold back to create an open-air passage. As a city gate, the structure separates the pedestrian mall on the city side from the park overlooking Niagara Falls. The garden's economic purpose was to spur development of the downtown by providing a focus for the area." (See Michael J. Bednar, Interior Pedestrian Places, [New York: Whitney Library of Design, 1989], p. 142.) The garden was completed in 1977 at a cost of $7,850,000.

Tel: 716.285.8007 (2007).

PCAD id: 7992