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Buffalo Central Terminal
Ranked #45 of 163 things to do in Buffalo
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 2, 2012

the place was all torn apart. I celebration was being held there when it was colder and it was cold inside.

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Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

The only thing more shocking than the fact that this marvelous building was left in ruins is that a group of volunteers is managing it's preservation and return to glory on the basis of donations and hard work. What an inspiration.

We went on a regular Sunday tour with about 50 others. The tour last two hours, and by the end not only will you understand everything about BCT, you will know all about East Buffalo.

This great building has a future, and I am sure it will be bright, but go see it in its current state and root-on the dream.

They also offer special photographer's access and ghost tours.

Just go. You will love it.

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Dyngus Day is a blast. They also put on a great Oktoberfest.

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Reviewed April 15, 2012

What a mild day this year! After watching the parade-very hometown and great fun, we walked to the Cetnral Terminal for yet another Dyngus Day Celebration.This year the lines were very long-limited by 4,000 capacity-but worth the wait! The building itself is awe-inspiring! In need of great repair but much improved over the last 6 years I have attended...the music was great, polka music-everyone was dancing-and, speaking as an Irishman-it was at least as much fun as the Old First Ward's parade and party at the Valley---if not more!!!

Inside, it was very crowded-but not too crowded! The foodlines were long-but the service was amazingly efficient. We ordered polish sausage, salt potatoes and golumpkies (forgive my spelling) --so tasty! yum....
The biggest issues were:
long lines to get in
lack of signs as to where to purchase tickets for beer-(polish beer! delicious, cold beer)
LONG, long lines for the johnnys on the spot

BUT-it was still a wonderful, musical event in one of Buffalo's fabulous architectural wonders of days gone by....We are planning on being there next year!

3  Thank rbrfan
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

I attended a special tour of the Terminal as part of a recent conference. It was truly a magnificent space. After decades of neglect, it will need much work and millions to be brought back but the organization in charge is doing great work. I highly recommend if you can get inside during their tours or other special events held in the space. The guides and volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly.

2  Thank Frampton T
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