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Address: 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212
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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Something to gawk on in the east side of Buffalo

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Chantilly, Virginia
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I love interesting architecture, whether it's gleaming new or an absolute derelict wreck. The Central Terminal, although still standing, is closer to the derelict wreck description. Even so, it's a spectacular example of Art Deco. Looking at the old platforms, you can just imagine what the place was like during it's heyday. The energy of the place is palpable --... More 

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Thank M Q
Pecs, Hungary
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

This beautifully designed art deco style building is standing in the suburbs. The building is on the lock, all the doors are closed and the building is protected by fences. Unfortunately enough no ongoing work is seen, however the place is a promising spot for Buffalo's next cultural hit.

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Thank zsofnoz
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

I've been in love with this building since the first time I saw it back in the mid-90s. It finally worked out the I was in town on a weekend when a tour was being offered. The volunteers working there seemed to truly care about the old terminal and want to restore it to its original beauty. The information and... More 

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Tonawanda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

The building is classic. Once major train station in center of Buffalo. Formerly main postal depot of mail by rail. The interior had Marbled walls and huge gathering place. Many travelers including self provided transportation to servicemen, entering or discharged years ago. This could function as main transportation center for Amtrack, city buses, rapid rail connection to North towns or... More 

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Thank Carmen R
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

I'm one of the very few people that can say; I parked my car inside the main lobby. That was when I was younger, back when it was neglected and falling apart. My friends and I had an unsupervised tour before we were chased out. Looks like it's doing better now.

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Thank Kenneth M
Buffalo
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Beautiful old building that's been let go for too long. Slowly it is making a come-back with lots of help from local groups. It is used throughout the year for different events, such as Dyngus Day, ghost tours. No trains run here but they still have some amazing parties inside !

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Thank BuffaloGryde
Buffalo, New York
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 via mobile

This place is awe-inspiring. While the years haven't been too kind to many parts of this large complex, there are still parts worth saving! Really hope they can restore the concourse to its former glory. It would be a shame to see this gem continue to be neglected!

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