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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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A Gem

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2016
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Sinclairville, New York
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Hampton, Virginia
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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 141 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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21 reviews
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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 52 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Chantilly, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 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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Pecs, Hungary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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30 reviews
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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, New York
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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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