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Buffalo City Hall

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Address: 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone Number: 716-851-4200; 716-851-5891 (Observation deck)
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The towering City Hall is an art deco masterpiece, richly decorated with...

The towering City Hall is an art deco masterpiece, richly decorated with figures and symbols portraying the history and spirit of the city. The 28th-floor observation deck offers panoramic views of Lake Erie and western New York.

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Awe inspiring viws all around us inside and outside..

Wow not only is the building very impressive looking on the outside, but damn the gorgeous art deco interior is awe inspiring as well. I spent twenty minutes looking around in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
katylovespopcorn
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Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building is attractive and interesting to see. Getting to the observation deck is a bit of an effort. The security is high in the building and I expect they have their reasons. Fair enough. To gain entrance, you have to undergo airport like security. The elevator takes you up 24 floors, then you climb three more to get to... More 

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Thank John A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow not only is the building very impressive looking on the outside, but damn the gorgeous art deco interior is awe inspiring as well. I spent twenty minutes looking around in the main lobby foyer that has amazing murals and craftsmanship all around. The height and size was impressive in the that area alone... then we went up to the... More 

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Ohio
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great history and panoramic viewing here! Clear sky allowed for long off viewing from observation deck.

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1 Thank Ron S
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We read that we should go visit the observation deck for great views of the city. I believe it's on the 24th floor. I'm found the elevator kind of scary because there was always a hesitation before the doors opened. The views from the observation deck really are very nice, although it's hard to take pictures through them because they... More 

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Buffalo, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating behind the scenes of city hall and a great view from the observation tower. Another plus? it's FREE!!! So informative about the history of Buffalo too!

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Florida
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in Buffalo but had never been on the tour of City Hall before. There are some really neat rooms, cool architecture, good info and the view from the top is fantastic!

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1 Thank Jen M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful example of art deco also mixing in indigenous designs. The views from the observation deck are great. Glad we went.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If an architecture fan – or Art Deco fan – you need to see this building. There are lots of interesting aspects about this building that encourage a closer look at every detail. If you can, visit during work hours and look at the lobby.

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Pomona, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

New to Buffalo we went down to city call for a permit needed. We expected another drab 60's gov't building. We're were totally floored ( walled and ceilingned ) by the stunning Art Deco architecture and design of the place.we came back for the 12 noon free tour and were treated not only to the interesting history of the building,and... More 

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Jamestown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Buffalo City Hall is a magnificent edifice, still in prime condition. It is totally Deco -- and you have to see the stained glass ceiling of the Council Chamber! The observation deck at the top gives you a great view of the city -- in the summer, you'll see how many trees and gardens and parks the city has, and... More 

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