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Address: 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Phone Number: 716 852 4831
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Description: Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout the...
Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout the summer months. Plan your trip to see us by visiting our website for a full list of upcoming events, tours, and other information.The Buffalo Central Terminal opened to the public on June 22, 1929. Built by the New York Central Railroad and designed by architects Alfred T. Fellheimer & Steward Wagner, the art deco style station was built to accommodate up to 3200 passengers per hour, or 200 trains per day. The complex consists of the main concourse, a 17 story office tower, a four story baggage building and two story mail building along Curtiss Street, and the now detached train concourse. The complex sits on a 17 acre site 2.5 miles east of downtown Buffalo.The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) was founded in 1997 to oversee the stabilization and restoration of the Central Terminal. Local preservationist Scott Field acquired the 18-acre site, including concourse, tower, and four story baggage building along Curtiss Street, from Samuel Tuchman and B.C.T Inc. for $1 plus the assumption of back taxes owed to the City of Buffalo.The CTRC is an entirely volunteer organization with no paid staff. We rely on grant money, government funds, and donations to continue work on the building and to hold public events. We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.
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Old and Beauty

Ghostly and great place for Buffalo oldest train station. Ghost tours are so much fun ! Building is amazing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Ghostly and great place for Buffalo oldest train station. Ghost tours are so much fun ! Building is amazing.

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Aalborg, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nothing special. Was there for few hours waiting for my bus. One lady came and asked for some doller as she wanted to buy coffee. I had no change so gave her a note. She said she will return the change. But used all the money and did not return to me.

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Chciago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Is it possible that they shoot The Walking Dead at this place? If not, they really should consider it. This is not to disparage the place as the main building is amazing and such a wonder of a period piece. However, the surrounding terminal of intersecting railway is a frightening mess. We were there in the daytime and we gasped... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Visited many years ago during a Doors Open event. SUCH a beautiful old building that has seen better days. Well worth the time to go for a tour if you get the chance. Hoping this old beauty can be saved and repurposed so it may have new life. Neighbourhood is not terrific... Sad to see how many in Buffalo have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Went here for dyngus day, so fun to be outside and enjoy seeing thing that wouldn't normally happen here on a daily basis.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We lived around this area years ago and came back for a visit. The Central Terminal has always been an amazing architectural wonder yet it is so run down as is the area. The snow (black) is piled up around the area and was so incredibly unbelievable we had to take a picture. The adjacent buildings where the post office... More 

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Fonthill, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We did a guided tour hour - amazing building, rich history and architecture. Not much else to it, but if you love old buildings and this cities history, then it's well worth a stop.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Buffalo Central Terminal is a very historical nice building. However, It is pretty run down over the years and is not in the best neighborhood to go into. I would LOVE to give this a higher ratting, but unfortunately the building is privately owned, and because of that it is hard to get it restored due to money. At... More 

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Orlando
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Was here on Labor Day, not much to it was closed, but the outside very worn out, Located in bad area of Buffalo, I really question why they are trying to save this structure, it will costs hundreds of millions, and still no trains come here. Save the stuff inside put in another local museum.

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Augusta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I'd seen the BCT when travelling to Buffalo for Labor Day weekend. I thought given the history of this place that it would be something very grand and marvelous, it turns out I was wrong. Architecturally speaking, this looks impressive from a distance but when one comes up close to it, they will realize it is very deteriorated and essentially... More 

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