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Guaranty / Prudential Building

28 Church St, Buffalo, NY 14202
716 854 0003
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Ranked #9 of 90 attractions in Buffalo
Type: Architectural Buildings
Traveler Description: A masterpiece of American architecture, the  Guaranty Building was designed by the Chicago firm of Adler and Sullivan.  This is the same firm that... more »
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Buffalo, NY
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Louis Sullivan's masterpiece. Don't miss seing it when in Buffalo. Wonderful terra cotta. It was one of the pioneering skyscrapers.

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Mendham, NJ
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This historic building is the best of Louis Sullivan (Adler & Sullivan). Sullivan's celtic roots are evident in the exterior terra cotta designs and other interior details. The interior mosaics on the ceiling were individually hand-set. A masterpiece of design and craftsmanship.

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Utica, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is Louis Sullivan's greatest 'skyscraper'. The entire building has been taken over by a major law firm that has beautifully restored the building's exuberant detail. The tour is well worth taking.

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Chicago, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Louis Sullivan designed such beautiful buildings. This one is definitely worth seeing if you appreciate his sense of style. It is ornate -- it feels as if there isn't a single surface that's not decorated. It's more similar to the Auditorium Theatre than to his jewel box banks. You can only see the lobby but it's definitely worth a stop.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Yes, right here in Buffalo, Louis Sullivan invented the prototype of the modern office building, gracing it with infinite patterns in terra-cotta, metal, and mosaic.

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Springfield, Ohio
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

This classic Adler and Sullivan skyscraper is best appreciated "in the flesh." The view from a distance is like looking at an architectural gem that has classic lines, intricate detail, and surreal color. As you approach and stand looking at the facade, the detail becomes even more important and fantastic. A trip inside continues this feeling of being in another... More

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New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Upfront caveat - I was part of the law firm that saved this building. It's a fantastic piece of 19th century architecture, one of the best in the world. And, Hodgson Russ has refurbished and preserved it in the best possible way. I started working in the building in the 1980s. Everyone there loved the environment. Sullivan knew he was... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

If you like classic architecture, the Guaranty / Prudential Building is a must see. The entire exterior of the building is covered with intricately carved terra cotta, while the lobby is filled with equally intricate wrought iron décor. The security guard kindly allowed us to wander the lobby area and take photographs. It is well worth taking a few minutes... More

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

What a gem! I was lucky enough to be allowed to take photos which are usually strictly forbidden since I wasn't part of a tour, just happened in. If you can get a tour, the Law Firm has a very well produced video about the history of the Guaranty building.

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Toronto, Canada
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168 attraction reviews
779 helpful votes 779 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

The Guaranty/Prudential Building is surely worth a visit while in Buffalo. There are limited touring days due to the fact that the building is a working office complex but even on off days the security guard at the front desk is helpful. We were free to wander in the lobby and the small exhibit that they have set up in... More

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