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.
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