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“A beautiful landmark” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buffalo Central Terminal

Buffalo Central Terminal
Ranked #33 of 150 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.
Furlong, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A beautiful landmark”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

A faded gem from the glory days of railroading, this place is not to be missed. It's decaying grandeur evokes powerful emotions. The tour happened while they were working so it was a listtle noisy but the guide was informative, knowledgeable, and passionate about the project. Make sure you ask to hear the story about the taxis

Visited August 2012
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Guelph, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“can't wait to tour this again”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

First toured this last year. This year we partook in the Hard Hat tour of the building. It's great to revisit, to see the improvements that have been made. Our guides were well informed. We thought the tour was for 2 hours (as the tour last year). Disappointingly, it was over after 75 minutes. We wanted more!
We will definitely be back.

Visited May 2013
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Can and hopefully will be so much better”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2013

What a wonderful old building. The architectural touches and the history of the trains, lots of interesting events go on there and it's worth so much more! As seen on Ghost Hunters, needs a lot of help but little by little it's improving. I can't wait to see all that's next.

Visited June 2012
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Kuala Lumpur
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“Glimpse of past splendour of Buffalo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

The building is a landmark - it lies out at the edge of town, but it's well worth a drive out there.
The building was abandoned decades ago but its sheer grandeur and scale are breathtaking.

The Art Deco architecture has an industrial scale and style that reminds you of Gotham city. The desolation of the abandoned Grand Central Terminal is surely symbolic of the city of Buffalo itself, which has gone through difficult times itself from when it was a manufacturing centre.

It provides an understanding of what the city of Buffalo and rail travel was about, before it all
went terribly wrong with the Great Depression. Reminds me of a period when rail travel was elegant and grand.

Visited May 2013
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Cheektowaga, New York
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“Up and coming star”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

One of the most beautiful architectural treasures in Buffalo! Will take a while to refurbish, but will be worth the effort

Visited September 2012
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