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Address: 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
Phone Number: 716 852 4831
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Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout...

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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I'm one of the very few people that can say; I parked my car inside the main lobby. That was when I was younger, back when it was neglected and falling apart. My friends and I had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Kenneth M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been in love with this building since the first time I saw it back in the mid-90s. It finally worked out the I was in town on a weekend when a tour was being offered. The volunteers working there seemed to truly care about the old terminal and want to restore it to its original beauty. The information and... More 

Thank Paula L
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The building is classic. Once major train station in center of Buffalo. Formerly main postal depot of mail by rail. The interior had Marbled walls and huge gathering place. Many travelers including self provided transportation to servicemen, entering or discharged years ago. This could function as main transportation center for Amtrack, city buses, rapid rail connection to North towns or... More 

Thank Carmen R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

I'm one of the very few people that can say; I parked my car inside the main lobby. That was when I was younger, back when it was neglected and falling apart. My friends and I had an unsupervised tour before we were chased out. Looks like it's doing better now.

Thank Kenneth M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Beautiful old building that's been let go for too long. Slowly it is making a come-back with lots of help from local groups. It is used throughout the year for different events, such as Dyngus Day, ghost tours. No trains run here but they still have some amazing parties inside !

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

This place is awe-inspiring. While the years haven't been too kind to many parts of this large complex, there are still parts worth saving! Really hope they can restore the concourse to its former glory. It would be a shame to see this gem continue to be neglected!

Thank Robert S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 8 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.

Thank Tanvir_Masum
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
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 

Thank Boystowtraveler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
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 

Thank AmyLynn1980
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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.

Thank Courtney W

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