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Review of Buffalo City Hall

Buffalo City Hall
Ranked #13 of 159 things to do in Buffalo
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 15, 2012

I finally did the free tour for City Hall in September. I am still in awe of the pure Art Deco form of this edifice. Spectacular is an understatement.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Nice view from the top, can even see Niagara Falls if the weather is good.
The council chambers are very pretty. The elevators are old fashioned and quite historic.

Thank AlexeyB77
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Reviewed September 29, 2012

We had a breathtaking view from the observation deck. What surprised me that they didn't even charge a fee to do this! lots of cool free stuff to do in Buffalo.

1  Thank noahmcandrew2012
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Art Deco is not my favourate architecture, but rarely am I this impressed by the quality of workmanship.
Every little detail was done with estounding dedication.
Most buildings of this age had to be restored.
This builing was so well made that everything looked exactly how it was when it was build; and to a large degree it was!

Thank Henk W
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

This masterpiece of art deco architecture looms large over the Buffalo skyline. It is a massive building that celebrates the close connection of the USA with Canada and is filled with impressive art work, many of which pay homage to the First Nations people of the area. The circle in front has an obelisk dedicated to the memory of President McKinly who was murdered by an anaarchist when the president visited Buffalo to attend the Pan American World's Fair. The sculpture surrounding the obelisk is interesting in that parts of it are made to look like icicles. My wife and I joined a free lunch hour tour offered by Buffalo Tours every day the builidng is open (starts at 12 Noon in the lobby). The lobby is impressive with murals throughout, sculpture of virtues, an instalation honouring JFK etc. The building is still a working city hall but everyone we encountered seemed happy to show off their work environment. We visited the mayor's office and an impressive council chamber before going to the top of the tower where you get a panoramic view of western NY and part of southern Ontario from the 28th floor. Our guide was David and he obviously loves his city and knows the story of this building - designed to celebrate the intustry and ingenuity of those who founded the city and still guide her today.

2  Thank JamesII
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