Buffalo in the 50s: Summertime dancing at Thunder Bay

By Steve Cichon

The Ontario summer home of the Duane Lyman family was the scene of a dance party for the entire summer colony at Thunder Bay.

Lyman was “the dean of Western New York architecture.” He designed the Saturn and Buffalo clubs on Delaware Avenue, the old Federal Courthouse on Niagara Square, Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College and Williamsville South High School, among others.

He died in 1966.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.