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Buffalo Central Terminal

495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212-1645
+1 716-852-4831
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Brilliant piece of architecture with a fascinating history

We visited the Central Terminal with a tour group and were not disappointed. The building is... read more

Reviewed February 26, 2018
Sabresfan01
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Buffalo
Forgotten Buffalo

Sad to say Buffalo has "turned its back" on this gem. There is a grass roots community that is... read more

Reviewed February 25, 2018
colden197
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Williamsville, New York
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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.
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495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212-1645
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Reviewed February 26, 2018

We visited the Central Terminal with a tour group and were not disappointed. The building is mammoth and majestic, even in its current dilapidated state. It's a behemoth that can be seen from miles away and is breathtaking up close. Parking is ample and free...More

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Reviewed February 25, 2018

Sad to say Buffalo has "turned its back" on this gem. There is a grass roots community that is working very hard to get something going here. A few weddings, special events but its got a long way to go. Worth a trip to see...More

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Reviewed February 4, 2018

A lovely old building, that needs a bit of TLC and a proper vision that would bring it back to life. I'd love to see the insides, but a drive past to see it was all I had to settle for this time. It seems...More

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Reviewed November 4, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I go to haunted places each year. We were in the area for another haunted place and saw this opportunity to go check out the Buffalo Central Terminal for an hour tour. When we arrived we signed in, while standing around for...More

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Reviewed June 5, 2017

Come on Buffalo. Surely someone has the vision and wherewithal to bring this sleeping beauty back to life. This is a GORGEOUS building that if something is not done soon, I fear for it's longevity. Take a look at the old Denver station as an...More

Thank Rick M
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Reviewed May 30, 2017

This abandoned train station is in need of Demo, along with most of the surrounding neighborhood. It is obsolete, beyond salvation, and in the middle of one of Buffalo's most abandoned and declining areas. Its main use is as a dumping ground for snow trucks...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

Very informative tour for over 2 hours. Tour guide was very knowledgeable as well as interesting and humourous. Building is under continual restoration but you can still imagine and see the beauty. Well worth the $15.00 fee.

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Reviewed April 29, 2017

Please do yourself a favor and check it out !!! so amazing and awe inspiring so much history and buffalo need I say more--

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Reviewed April 1, 2017

Buffalo was the place to be back in the early 1900's. This train station is like a mini Grand Central Station. The inside has been refurbished to it's original state. You can only visit during scheduled tours, so call first. The area is not the...More

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Reviewed January 26, 2017

Although the main building is not open to the public, the terminal offers many great views and photo ops. From car shows, train shows and tours, there are many events which do allow terminal entry. Ken Block recently filmed Gymkhana 9 at this location.

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This is a historical building and old train station...not a hotel.
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