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Buffalo, New York


Lafayette Square


Lafayette Square (formerly Court House Park or Courthouse Square) is located in the center of Downtown Buffalo. The square is named after General Lafayette who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution and visited Buffalo in 1825. Lafayette Square is served by several bus routes and the Metro Rail subway operated by the city’s Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). The square is the site of the first free municipal Wi-Fi hotspot in Buffalo.

Lafayette Square, Buffalo (New York State)

Lafayette Square by TonyTheTiger

Within the square is the Soldiers and Sailors, a Civil War monument comprising of a shaft supporting a 10 1/2 foot (3.2 meters) statue of a female figure (representing the Union) and four 8-foot (2.4 meters) bronze statues (representing the infantry, artillery, cavalry, and navy). Because of Lafayette Square’s central and symbolic location in Buffalo, it is often the location of various events in the city. An example is “Thursday at the Square”, a series of free concerts held on Thursday evenings from May to September.
Monument at Lafayette Square, Buffalo (New York State)

Soldiers and Sailors Monument by Daderot

Many of the city’s architectural landmarks are found surrounding Lafayette Square. Flanking the square are the Main Court Building, Rand Building (third tallest building in Buffalo at 391 feet or 119 meters), Liberty Building (fifth tallest building at 345 feet or 105 meters), and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. There are two historic buildings on the south side of the square, which are the 300-room Lafayette Hotel and the Brisbane Building. The square also offers a clear view of Buffalo City Hall, located three blocks away.

Location: 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203 

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