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Address: 495 Paderewski Dr, Buffalo, NY 14212-1645
Phone Number: +1 716-852-4831
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Buffalo Central Terminal hosts a series of events and tours throughout the...

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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Iconic Art Deco train terminal built 90 years ago being slowly restored today.

Various events are held at the Buffalo Central Terminal throughout the year. My first opportunity to see this masterpiece was at a model train show held at the terminal. I was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Denny M
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Batavia, New York
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Batavia, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Various events are held at the Buffalo Central Terminal throughout the year. My first opportunity to see this masterpiece was at a model train show held at the terminal. I was awed by the craftsmanship that went into the construction of this masterpiece. I also appreciated the enlarged, framed photographs throughout the concourse of what the building looked like in... More 

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Thank Denny M
Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Hamburg, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 are very noticeable. Love the clock tower, restrooms are modern and clean. This particular event... More 

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Jamestown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank John S
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 once was. It is truly a shame that it is not being actively restored. It... More 

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Hickory, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 building this must have been in its heyday. To visit here and imagine what it... More 

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Thank Jeffmcline
Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 points westward like Detroit and Chicago passed through here.

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Thank jtkuikslvr
Sinclairville, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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

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Thank Deborah F
Toronto
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 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 to the elements, this structure is still standing, and still imposing, from its block-long departure... More 

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