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Buffalo Central Terminal

495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212-1645
+1 716-852-4831
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Not sure how or when it's open to the public, but it's like taking a time machine. Make sure you... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2016
Sue D
Buffalo, New York
Wonderful Building for Events

Took a tour of this building about 2 years ago and it was a work in progress, needing lots of work... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Darlene K
Hamburg, 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
+1 716-852-4831
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Not sure how or when it's open to the public, but it's like taking a time machine. Make sure you get a chance to look at the beautiful architect and wood work along with the gorgeous flooring.

Thank Sue D
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Took a tour of this building about 2 years ago and it was a work in progress, needing lots of work. Fast forward, attended a jazz concert and was pleasantly surprised of the renovations made to date. Yes, it still needs work however, the improvements...More

Thank Darlene K
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Went on 9/10/16 for a train show. The place was nice and clean and the volunteers did a nice job to get It ready for different events.

Thank John S
Reviewed 9 September 2016

One day this building will be a monument to Buffalo's glorious past or a lost memoriy, but for now, it is a Grand Dame awaiting a saviour. It is out of the way and run down, but you can see the magnificence that the building...More

Thank AlanBartlett
Reviewed 25 August 2016

No need to get your tux ready for the grand reopening of the Buffalo Central Terminal. Despite what you can read on the web re plans for restoration, it doesn't appear that much is happening on this site to make that possible. Nevertheless, what a...More

Thank Jeffmcline
Reviewed 24 June 2016

My family passed through this building and first loved in the U.S. two blocks from this building. It is majestic! The history of this place is incredible. The number of people who passed through here post WWII is amazing. Anyone who came from NYC to...More

Thank jtkuikslvr
Reviewed 13 April 2016

I loved exploring the outside of this gem. Wish I was able to go inside. I spent time imagining what it must have looked like in all its glory.

Thank marcy333
Reviewed 6 April 2016

It was great to see the old train station that has been the house of many trains and passengers on their way to many parts of the country

Thank Deborah F
Reviewed 10 February 2016

The abandoned, though not completely forgotten, Central Terminal packs quite an emotional wallop. Located at the end of a once-grand promenade in a once-bustling ethnic enclave of a once-prosperous city, the former train station is something to stir the imagination and psyche. Gutted, picked-over, subjected...More

3  Thank Cannonball
Reviewed 9 February 2016

This is the original train station that served Buffalo from trains going out to Chicago and News York as well as many places in between. Right now the station is not used but it is a marvel and worth keeping from a historic point of...More

Thank Bunhead2013
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Natsumi Y
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This is a historical building and old train station...not a hotel.