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Buffalo Central Terminal

495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
716 852 4831
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Ranked #19 of 95 attractions in Buffalo
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Buffalo, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Amherst, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Mohawk, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If you like history and/or architecture, this is a great place to visit. What a tremendous building and so sad to see it in such a state of disrepair. It is wonderful that someone is taking the initiative to restoring it. The Terminal is so beautiful, you have to look beyond the decay that has happened to this icon and... More

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Oshawa, Canada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

My husband is a bit of a railway buff and had read about this building online. There were no events or tours planned for the weekend we were in Buffalo, but we decided to do a drive by tour so we could see the buliding. As we were out walking around, my husband recognized the owner who he had seen... More

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

An architectural marvel that has suffered from past private owners who either stripped it of any value or lacked the means to maintain it. A current group of dedicated individuals are engaged in preserving and restoring this gem but have a long and difficult road to travel.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

For just a few dollars we took a wheelchair accessible bus to & from Niagara Falls for the day. The driver was a very good tour guide.

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Furlong, Pennsylvania
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

A faded gem from the glory days of railroading, this place is not to be missed. It's decaying grandeur evokes powerful emotions. The tour happened while they were working so it was a listtle noisy but the guide was informative, knowledgeable, and passionate about the project. Make sure you ask to hear the story about the taxis

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

First toured this last year. This year we partook in the Hard Hat tour of the building. It's great to revisit, to see the improvements that have been made. Our guides were well informed. We thought the tour was for 2 hours (as the tour last year). Disappointingly, it was over after 75 minutes. We wanted more! We will definitely... More

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

What a wonderful old building. The architectural touches and the history of the trains, lots of interesting events go on there and it's worth so much more! As seen on Ghost Hunters, needs a lot of help but little by little it's improving. I can't wait to see all that's next.

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