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Guaranty / Prudential Building

28 Church St, Buffalo, NY 14202
716 854 0003
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Ranked #12 of 97 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Hard to explain what it's like to stand in front of a masterpiece. Life keeps going, cars are parked, the city is exactly the same, but this building stands in all its splendor, speaking of beauty but also of history and the evolution of technology, the history of this country, and the power of a great individual mind whose unique... More

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Saint Robert, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Didn't actually get to go inside, but observed it via the Buffalo Tours downtown tour. Amazing structure with such intense and in depth art work well worth the $10 cost of the tour.

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Huntington, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Gorgeous facade, so intricate. They do 't make buildings like this any more. Should also check out the Ellicott building nearby, too. Another beauty, and it is easier to get into, with public space and places to buy a snack and sit down.

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This building is awe-inspiring, to say the least. We couldn't get inside, but that didn't matter. It was included on a walking tour of Buffalo architecture; after the tour, we came back to look at it some more. Take your time admiring this classic building.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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179 reviews 179 reviews
147 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I didn't know about this building, just happened to walk pass it and noticed the unusual details on the building. There is an sign on the side of the building with a bit of information about the architect: "Prudential (Guaranty) building architect, Louis H.Sullivan, called the father of modern american architecture early all-steel frame office bldg. with fine terra cotta... More

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Although now owned and occupied by a major Buffalo law firm, you can access the lobby and exterior. A building that doesn't look like much from the observation deck of Buffalo City Hall, when you're up close you see the intricate patterning of the exterior. The lobby is just as eye-catching. Make it a stop downtown along with City Hall... More

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Buffalo, NY
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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113 reviews 113 reviews
52 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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