Any trip to Buffalo- especially one where admiring its famous architecture is the mission- is incomplete without a visit, and preferably a tour, of this monumental Art Deco masterpiece. The neighborhood you have to drive through, Buffalo's East Side, has seen better days but is safe during the day- don't let that keep you from going (the parking area at the terminal is monitored during tours). I like to think of this building as the book end to Buffalo's other Art Deco masterpiece, City Hall, also muscular yet nicely massed with fine details. Your first impression will be sadness that such a building was permitted to fall prey to the elements, greed of former owners, lack of appreciation by the city and vandals- get over it and instead focus on the devotion of a dedicated group of volunteers to stablize it until someone or an organization with deep pockets can restore it to a new glory and a new purpose. Look at the details- the Gustavino tile ceiling, the terrazo flooring, the remaining woodwork of the various stores, the awnings outside. A very nicely proportioned train station though scaled for, at the time it was built, a powerhouse of a city. The docents are very knowledgeable. More often we see preservation efforts after all the work has been done- Union Station in D.C., as an example- but touring the Buffalo Central Terminal will help you appreciate where the preservationists have to start.
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