Travel Guide

Buffalo, New York


Architecture: City Hall

Buffalo City Hall is the seat of Buffalo’s municipal government and housed in an Art Deco building constructed in 1931. At a height of 378 feet (115 meters) or 398 feet (121 meters) from the street to the tip of the tower, it is one of the largest and tallest municipal buildings in the state of New York. In fact, Buffalo City Hall was once the tallest building in Buffalo until 1970. The building’s architecture was designed by George Dietel and constructed at a cost of nearly $6.9 million, making it one of the costliest city hall buildings in the United States during its time.

Buffalo City Hall, New York State

City Hall by Mbell1975

Buffalo City Hall is a 32-story building (26 of which offer usable office space) and occupying a floor area of 566 thousand sq. feet (53 thousand sq. meters). The building was designed to use a non-powered air-conditioning system comprising a system of large vents and ducts, taking advantage of the prevailing winds from Lake Erie. Approaching City Hall from Niagara Street, is the main entrance with its columns and lintels. There are several figures above the columns with the central figure representing a historian writing the city’s history.
Entrance to City Hall, Buffalo (New York State)

City Hall entrance by Dan Vera

Upon entering the building’s main lobby, one cannot help observing the dome ceiling comprising of brightly colored tiles - the colors in the center of the dome depicts the sun. Four statues in the lobby representing virtue, diligence, service, and fidelity greet arrivals into the building. In front of the main lobby is a painting titled “Frontiers Unfettered by Any Frowning Fortress", depicting Buffalo as a gateway to Canada. There is another painting depicting a farmer with a sickle venturing into the field. There are four corridors from the main lobby and each accompanied by a smaller painting.

Location: 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202

Website: Buffalo City Hall
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