Buffalo NY has a City Hall that is 32 stories high. It is 398 feet high from street level to the very top of the tower. It was designed in a style called Art Deco. Art Deco was a widely utilized decorative style spanning the 1920s and 1930's. Its unique character speaks to precise yet bold geometry.  City Hall was designed Approx. 1928 by architects Dietel, Wade & Jones. John W. Cowper Company started building City Hall in 1929 and it was finally completed in 1931. The Cowper company was chosen for the overseeing and construction of the building. The firm was chosen in part due to their other successfully completed projects: The Statler Building and the Buffalo Athletic Club.


Other Notable Facts

Buffalo, NY City Hall is still one of the largest and tallest municipal buildings in the United States. The scupltures were sculpted by Albert Stewart and Rene Paul Chambellan.


Making History

Buffalo NY City Hall is one of many fabulous buildings in Buffalo NY that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its inductance was in 1999.


More History

Buffalo's City hall moved into the newly built(1875) Erie County Court building which is still being used today and located at 92 Franklin Street. It is used for county court and tax purposes. The building was a multi-office building providing offices at that time for Mayor Lewis Dayton and shortly thereafter, Mayor Philip Becker. The offices of the city were located here from 1875 to 1920. Totaling 45 years. In 1920 Buffalo's common council decided to build another building for city Hall.


Fun Facts

Today, City Hall is the second highest building in downtown Buffalo. The One Seneca plaza Building stands at 529 feet.

It's not widely known that one is able to go to the top floor observatory at City Hall. Here it is possible to see the waterways of Lake Erie and the shores of Ontario in Canada including the city of Niagara Falls as well as the rest of downtown Buffalo and miles beyond. It's an exhilarating experience.

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