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A masterpiece of American architecture, the Guaranty Building was designed by the Chicago firm of Adler and Sullivan. This is the same firm that once employed Frank Lloyd Wright as their chief draftsman. The Guaranty Building was completed in 1896 and was re-financed almost two years later by the Prudential Insurance Company, hence the two names associated with this building. The building features Sullivan's signature tripartite (three part) massing for a tall building: base, shaft and capital (cornice.) In this case, the base consists of the first two floors, the shaft is the main office floors from three to twelve, and then the capital is the thirteenth floor round windows and crowning cornice. Ornate terra cotta covers the two main facades on Church and Pearl Streets with a flourish. Ada Huxtable, architecture critic for the New York Times, said about the Guaranty Building, "no photograph had prepared m-e for the tactile quality of the superb ornament, which covers the entire surface like dark red terra cotta lace." This building is a MUST SEE in Buffalo! 140 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.