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“Must see while in Buffalo”

Guaranty / Prudential Building
Chesterfield, MO
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339 reviews
219 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
“Must see while in Buffalo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2011

For any architecture or history buff, the Guaranty / Prudential Building in Buffalo is a must see attraction. The building has been beautifully restored both on the outside and inside, and thankfully has tenants. The law firm of HodgsonRuss Attorneys purchased the entire building in 1998 and did restoration work in 2006. Try to go on a week day to see the lobby. Unlike most buildings I visit, the security guards welcomed me when I entered the Prudential Building, pointed to a brochure on the building that I could take with me and told me I could take all the pictures I wanted in the first floor public areas. The upper floors are off limits. The guards appear to understand the significance of the building and welcome architecture buffs. The grand entrance to Hodgson Russ is on the first floor, I did not enter their area, but there is a clear glass wall so you can see their lobby and skylight. Be sure to thank the friendly guards, it is so rare that photographers and tourists are welcomed in office buildings these days, we need to let them know that they are appreciated. After the lobby, walk around the outside of the building, first close up to touch and see the terra cotta, then walk across the street to view it from a distance. Be careful crossing Church Street, it is very busy and drivers ignore pedestrians.
Also, be sure to visit the nearby Ellicot Square Building by Daniel Burnham from 1896 one block east at Main and Swan. It has a stunning atrium with beautiful mosaic tile floor.
Parking is limited, your best bet is to find a garage and there are several within a few blocks. My pictures do not do the building justice, you need to see it in person.

Visited September 2011
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Hamilton ON
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“Limited access, but do not miss!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

You will have to sign in and out with security and you will only be able to see the lobby and elevator area. Security offered me a pamphlet about the building. The building was restored and is in daily use by the law firm, Hodgson Russ LLP, so we tried to be quiet and respectful. Take time to savor all of the intricate details on ceilings, walls, floors, staircases etc. And to think that demolition was being considered at one time for such a significant architectural gem.
The terracotta tile has held up amazingly well and provides some fabulous picture taking opportunities.
(Do also see St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral across the street.)

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fabulous Sullivan building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2009

This building is a terra cotta dream. The outside is all unglazed terra cotta, decorated as only Louis Sullivan can. The lobby inside has mosaics, wrought ironwork--wonderful. If you're fond of American architecture, you need to come to Buffalo--and you need to see this building (and there lots of other great ones in the city, too).
Take a tour that includes this building, on a weekday when it will be open.

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