“one of the finest Art Deco buildings in the country”
Considered by many to be one of the finest Art Deco public buildings in the country, City Hall was dedicated in 1932, the hundredth anniversary of Buffalo’s founding. Its architect, John Wade, said the building expressed "the masculinity, power and purposeful energy of an industrial community." He wanted an "Americanesque" ornamental building that would dominate the skyline and serve as a symbol of the city. The 375-foot high 28-story building, with 316,937 square feet of usable space, cost $6.8 million at its completion. Constructed of gray granite, limestone and warm sandstone, it is beautifully decorated. The exterior features Native American-influenced tile details and friezes depicting aspects of city life, and it is crowned by a brightly colored roof that is illuminated at night.
I may be biased since I grew up in Buffalo, but I think this is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It's instantly recognizable and a great old building in the middle of downtown. The interior is full of amazing artwork and the building itself has lots of really cool architectural features.
If you're not afraid of heights, take the elevator to the top floor and go on the observation deck to get the best view of Buffalo. Best part is it's free! On a clear day, you can see for miles into the suburbs since Western NY is so flat.
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