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Guaranty / Prudential Building

28 Church St, Buffalo, NY 14202
716 854 0003
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Ranked #14 of 95 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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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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136 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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toronto
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
51 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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