Guaranty Building
Guaranty Building
4.5

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Neighborhood: Downtown
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  • Buffalo-Exchange Street Station • 8 min walk
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Karyn D.
Stuyvesant Falls, NY19 contributions
Aug 2020
Louis C. Sullivan designed this masterpiece and it was built in 1904, a new modern design for such a tall building at the time. Let that sink in as you gaze at the terracotta details from the street to the roof line. Bring a pair of binoculars or a good zoom lens on your camera and enjoy the most beautiful building in all of Buffalo
Written August 12, 2020
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DPD123
Pittsburgh, PA183 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
When we arrived at the building on a Sunday we were mesmerized by the outside of the building - red terra cotta. It was hard to imagine before we'd seen it. From the street looking up it's amazing. The doors were locked but the security guard buzzed me in. She gave me the sad news that, due to the volume of tourist, the building was now restricted only to those arriving to do business. Tourists are only permitted in Wednesday evening and may take a tour of the building but "no id badge, no admission." I plead my case and she let me ogle the floors, walls, ceiling and elevators. I would be unable to describe what I'd seen in just a few moments.

Thankfully, even though the building has gone through owner bankruptcies, fires and threats of demolition, it has been renovated and is truly an architectural masterpiece. Our next trip to Buffalo will include a Wednesday evening to fully enjoy this amazing building.
Written March 25, 2012
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Elise D
Mendham, NJ97 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
This historic building is the best of Louis Sullivan (Adler & Sullivan). Sullivan's celtic roots are evident in the exterior terra cotta designs and other interior details. The interior mosaics on the ceiling were individually hand-set. A masterpiece of design and craftsmanship.
Written October 10, 2013
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James C
Toronto, Canada3,437 contributions
Sep 2012 • Couples
The Guaranty/Prudential Building is surely worth a visit while in Buffalo. There are limited touring days due to the fact that the building is a working office complex but even on off days the security guard at the front desk is helpful. We were free to wander in the lobby and the small exhibit that they have set up in a board room. The exterior terracotta is ornate and fascinating. The story of the building and the architect are equally engaging. The best bet for an architecture tour in Buffalo is the Central Railway Terminal.
Written September 21, 2012
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jjctraveler
Chesterfield, MO3,829 contributions
Sep 2011 • Solo
For any architecture or history buff, the Guaranty / Prudential Building in Buffalo is a must see attraction. The building has been beautifully restored both on the outside and inside, and thankfully has tenants. The law firm of HodgsonRuss Attorneys purchased the entire building in 1998 and did restoration work in 2006. Try to go on a week day to see the lobby. Unlike most buildings I visit, the security guards welcomed me when I entered the Prudential Building, pointed to a brochure on the building that I could take with me and told me I could take all the pictures I wanted in the first floor public areas. The upper floors are off limits. The guards appear to understand the significance of the building and welcome architecture buffs. The grand entrance to Hodgson Russ is on the first floor, I did not enter their area, but there is a clear glass wall so you can see their lobby and skylight. Be sure to thank the friendly guards, it is so rare that photographers and tourists are welcomed in office buildings these days, we need to let them know that they are appreciated. After the lobby, walk around the outside of the building, first close up to touch and see the terra cotta, then walk across the street to view it from a distance. Be careful crossing Church Street, it is very busy and drivers ignore pedestrians.
Also, be sure to visit the nearby Ellicot Square Building by Daniel Burnham from 1896 one block east at Main and Swan. It has a stunning atrium with beautiful mosaic tile floor.
Parking is limited, your best bet is to find a garage and there are several within a few blocks. My pictures do not do the building justice, you need to see it in person.
Written October 10, 2011
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,211 contributions
Oct 2021
Built by the father of the skyscraper. I wasn't able to view the interior as the building was closed but the exterior was thoroughly enjoyed.
Written October 11, 2021
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Queen_Marg0t
Toronto, Canada334 contributions
Oct 2019
I have visited this building several times as part of Explore Buffalo tour as well as the inside tour and it's so breathtaking that I want to see it again and again.
Written October 22, 2019
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KokoFlower
Bethesda, Maryland, United States18 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Visitors should definitely come inside to look around the public area on the main floor of the building. The guards were surprisingly friendly and helpful, and there is a small free public museum.
Written August 28, 2016
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Rand C
Utica, NY127 contributions
Apr 2013 • Business
This is Louis Sullivan's greatest 'skyscraper'. The entire building has been taken over by a major law firm that has beautifully restored the building's exuberant detail. The tour is well worth taking.
Written August 6, 2013
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fredilev
Chicago, IL179 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
Louis Sullivan designed such beautiful buildings. This one is definitely worth seeing if you appreciate his sense of style. It is ornate -- it feels as if there isn't a single surface that's not decorated. It's more similar to the Auditorium Theatre than to his jewel box banks. You can only see the lobby but it's definitely worth a stop.
Written July 31, 2013
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