7 Downtown Buildings Every Visitor Should Step Inside

Throughout the days of winter, I often find myself wandering through the most beautiful buildings in downtown Buffalo. Buffalo’s architecture is stunning from the outside, but the exteriors only scratch the surface of the detail and hard work poured into these signature buildings. They are hallmarks of the city’s golden era near the turn of the 20th century, and a testament to the spirit of preservation and restoration weaving its way through Buffalo’s rebirth today.

Here are seven downtown buildings to step inside on your next visit here. (See Shea’s Performing Arts Center through a guided tour, and numerous downtown buildings on tours offered by Explore Buffalo and Buffalo Tours.)


The interior of Shea’s Performing Arts Center (646 Main) has been beautifully restored (Cascio photo)


The 13th floor common council chambers in Buffalo City Hall (65 Niagara Square) feature a magnificent stained glass ceiling.


Modeled after London’s Burlington Arcade, the Market Arcade (617 Main St.) features shops & the new Expo food hall (Matt Digati Photo).


Originally Buffalo’s main post office, the Erie Community College City Campus (121 Ellicott St.) features a massive  atrium.


Portions of The Natural were filmed in the stunning interior of the Ellicott Square Building (295 Main)

The Buffalo Savings Bank building’s  interior features the zodiac signs against a golden background (545 Main St.; Fran Dyche pic)

The beautifully restored Hotel at the Lafayette features a column-lined lobby.