Architectural Showcase: Buffalo City Hall

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City Hall in Buffalo, NY

BUFFALO, NY- Buffalo's City Hall has stood watch over downtown since 1931. And while it is certainly a mainstay on the Buffalo cityscape, this is more than just a mere building.

Architectural historian Jennifer Walkowski observes, "Here at City Hall, you have a spectacular modern building that depicts the people of the city of Buffalo, the workers, the steel workers, the laborers, everybody who worked to make the city of Buffalo really great. It's an emblem of the city."

It is a monument, clearly stated just about everywhere you look. In fact before you walk in you are greeted by enormous relief sculptures, or friezes that sit above the front and back doors.

From the advent of electricity, to the iron works, even working class immigrant families, the people who built Western New York greet everyone who enters.

Then, as you walk into the cathedral-like lobby, a pair of murals tell more of the story of Buffalo.

And while the architecture is certainly impressive, the countless details, such as the Native American symbols in the tile-work and wall sculptures, just add to the uniqueness of this landmark. And of course, this is also the seat of city government. But council chambers is every bit the artisan's masterpiece as the rest of the building.

The Roman Amphitheatre design is surrounded by sculptures that represent the pillars of government ascend to the spectacular art glass skylight representing the sun and solar system.

And the last stop on our tour of this incredible building is up top. The best view of Western New York from the observation deck. It is a view taken in annually by hundreds of visitors from around the globe.



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