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Review of Guaranty / Prudential Building

Guaranty / Prudential Building
New York
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160 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A must stop in Buffalo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Upfront caveat - I was part of the law firm that saved this building. It's a fantastic piece of 19th century architecture, one of the best in the world. And, Hodgson Russ has refurbished and preserved it in the best possible way. I started working in the building in the 1980s. Everyone there loved the environment. Sullivan knew he was building for office workers, and it shows. The Firm also - within the limits of its use as the home of a law firm - has made it accessible to the public. So run don't walk. It's just gorgeous.

Visited June 2013
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
“A Sullivan Masterpiece”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

If you like classic architecture, the Guaranty / Prudential Building is a must see. The entire exterior of the building is covered with intricately carved terra cotta, while the lobby is filled with equally intricate wrought iron décor. The security guard kindly allowed us to wander the lobby area and take photographs. It is well worth taking a few minutes to explore.

Visited May 2013
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Buffalo
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66 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013

What a gem! I was lucky enough to be allowed to take photos which are usually strictly forbidden since I wasn't part of a tour, just happened in. If you can get a tour, the Law Firm has a very well produced video about the history of the Guaranty building.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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781 reviews
359 attraction reviews
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“Part of Architectural History”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012

The Guaranty/Prudential Building is surely worth a visit while in Buffalo. There are limited touring days due to the fact that the building is a working office complex but even on off days the security guard at the front desk is helpful. We were free to wander in the lobby and the small exhibit that they have set up in a board room. The exterior terracotta is ornate and fascinating. The story of the building and the architect are equally engaging. The best bet for an architecture tour in Buffalo is the Central Railway Terminal.

Visited September 2012
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krakow
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19 reviews
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“Another architectural gem.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

Another relic from Buffalo's magnificent architectural past. Beautiful facade. Hard to believe that what is now an empty downtown once merited so many first rate buildings.

Visited September 2012
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