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Buffalo Central Terminal

Address: 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Phone Number: 716 852 4831
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Ranked #40 of 166 things to do in Buffalo
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout the summer months. Plan your...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a great piece of history. You're not going to spend hours there but to see its sights and let your imagination go to a time 50+ years ago? Not many better nostalgic places...

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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I didn't like anything about this city. This building is ok but nothing special . In the winter it's the most depressing place . The food in the restaurants is very fattening and the portions huge for no reason . The outlet there doesn't have quality stuff , the view of the falls is ugly from this side. It's better... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Once a grand terminal it is now in a vast state of decay. Tours are held here to generate revenue for its revitalization and much needed repair.

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Sarasota, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great old building in the middle of a war zone. Sad to see what the area once was when the homes were filled with proud hard working Polish American families. Would have been a great spot for a casino. If the city had the fore site the Seneca Casino would have fit here perfectly.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A must see for all railroad enthusiasts! Your guide will present interesting stories of the past about BCT and will take you through much of the large building. You will also learn about the Terminal's 'ghosts'! The tour will leave you thinking about days gone by when train travel was King. Also, stories about the soldiers from Buffalo leaving to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This building is beautiful! It's history is amazing! If you love photography then you should definitely head over to this place and snap some pics. I hope they keep up with the building so it doesn't just sit and fall apart, it's really something to see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I have seen this building so many times having grown up here, but this tour puts a face and a name to yet another great building in Buffalo that just needs to be brought back to life. The architecture is outstanding and the history is worth the tour alone. Every person who visits and takes this tour brings it one... More 

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