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Address: 495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212-1645
Phone Number: 716 852 4831
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Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout the...

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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Wonderful Building for Events

Took a tour of this building about 2 years ago and it was a work in progress, needing lots of work. Fast forward, attended a jazz concert and was pleasantly surprised of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Darlene K
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Hamburg, New York
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Hamburg, New York
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255 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a tour of this building about 2 years ago and it was a work in progress, needing lots of work. Fast forward, attended a jazz concert and was pleasantly surprised of the renovations made to date. Yes, it still needs work however, the improvements are very noticeable. Love the clock tower, restrooms are modern and clean. This particular event... More 

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Jamestown, New York
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on 9/10/16 for a train show. The place was nice and clean and the volunteers did a nice job to get It ready for different events.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One day this building will be a monument to Buffalo's glorious past or a lost memoriy, but for now, it is a Grand Dame awaiting a saviour. It is out of the way and run down, but you can see the magnificence that the building once was. It is truly a shame that it is not being actively restored. It... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No need to get your tux ready for the grand reopening of the Buffalo Central Terminal. Despite what you can read on the web re plans for restoration, it doesn't appear that much is happening on this site to make that possible. Nevertheless, what a building this must have been in its heyday. To visit here and imagine what it... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

My family passed through this building and first loved in the U.S. two blocks from this building. It is majestic! The history of this place is incredible. The number of people who passed through here post WWII is amazing. Anyone who came from NYC to points westward like Detroit and Chicago passed through here.

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Sinclairville, New York
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

I loved exploring the outside of this gem. Wish I was able to go inside. I spent time imagining what it must have looked like in all its glory.

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

It was great to see the old train station that has been the house of many trains and passengers on their way to many parts of the country

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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

The abandoned, though not completely forgotten, Central Terminal packs quite an emotional wallop. Located at the end of a once-grand promenade in a once-bustling ethnic enclave of a once-prosperous city, the former train station is something to stir the imagination and psyche. Gutted, picked-over, subjected to the elements, this structure is still standing, and still imposing, from its block-long departure... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

This is the original train station that served Buffalo from trains going out to Chicago and News York as well as many places in between. Right now the station is not used but it is a marvel and worth keeping from a historic point of view as the design is iconic and hopefully it may be put to a variety... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

It used to be an old beautiful rail station and even though it's very old and run down it is still of good stance. It does Halloween tours where you can learn of the history of the building and even people's stories of ghosts. Even though it's far fetched it would be wo9if one day it could be restored into... More 

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