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“Beautiful building with a fantastic view”
Review of Buffalo City Hall

Buffalo City Hall
Ranked #9 of 159 things to do in Buffalo
Certificate of Excellence
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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 12, 2013

Buffalo City Hall stands out in a city full of fantastic buildings. The main entry is full of murals and very cool. We stumbled across the observation area on the 25th floor and it was phenomenal and the vintage elevator is neat. The view of Buffalo and the surrounding areas is fantastic. Definitely worth a stop.

1  Thank Jenny A
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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This architectural wonder is a must see when in Buffalo. The beauty of this structure is unmeasurable. Every piece of the building is amazing and astounding to think that it was constructed so quickly with such attention to detail. The view from the observation tower is breathtaking. My first visit was given by a docent who was very pleasant and extremely knowledgeable about the building and the city (these docents are all volunteers). My second visit, we toured on our own, and found it just as enjoyable. It amazes me that such a beautiful building is still in use today and remains in such wonderful splendor. Kudo's to the city of Buffalo for doing an incredible job of restoring and bringing back to life this city that has so many wonderful sites to behold!!!

Thank Margaret O
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

This building is just beautiful, inside and out. The man at the help desk in the foyer on Aug. 8 was incredibly friendly and helpful - he gave us many pieces of advice, among them to stop at the 13th floor to check out the council chambers and the lovely stained glass. He also was able to tell us where to look to see certain things (like Toronto). The views of Buffalo were also quite lovely.

Thank MrsBee711
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Someone was available to tell us about the 360 degree view of the city and the surrounding area. There's a lot of history that might have been missed without the what we learned in our tour around the city hall.

1  Thank AWF3
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Despite the modern obsession for tearing down the old with total disregard for the historic, as we do here in Toronto, Buffalo has done a remarkable job of cleaning up, redefining and re-marketing its downtown core.
Out of the ghetto and depressing aura which it acquired in the 50's and 60's due to it's economic decline, the Buffalo Visitors' Centre has assembled a book of downtown walking tours to celebrate the fantastic architectural and cultural heritage which it has nurtured over the past half century to present itself as the "Queen City" it once was. I highly recommend you do yourself a favour and take a day or two to experience this "new" city. The churches and other historic buildings such as the City Hall and Hotel Lafayette (see my other review of it and its restaurants), and an outstanding collection of buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright are spectacular examples of historic pride and restoration amid some tough economic obstacles.
City Hall has a knowledgeable volunteer staff (thanks especially to our guide, LISA!!!) which directs a free, hour-long walking tour through this edifice starting at noon. (And just because it's free don't be afraid to tip your guides people!!!!!)
But check out their website and get some brochures mailed to you. It's a great way to spend a day or two ....and NOT just in the outlet malls (which, by the way, aren't much of a deal anymore!!!)

4  Thank Doug W
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