Buffalo’s Architecture

Tour Famous Buildings & Architecture

Buffalo’s landscape and skyline read like a textbook from an architectural master class. Study the clean lines of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, unique in his body of work. Trace the early origins of skyscraper design at Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building. Marvel at the steeply pitched rooflines of H.H. Richardson’s Romanesque Richardson Olmsted Campus. Observe the graceful curves of Eliel and Eero Saarinen’s Kleinhans Music Hall. Visit the cradle of the American Arts & Crafts movement at Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft Inn & Campus. And enjoy the meticulously planned landscaping of Frederick Law Olmsted’s parks and parkways.

 

See Designs by the Master Architects

 

While many cities’ early 20th-century masterworks have been lost to time, Buffalo’s have been lovingly maintained and restored. In all, you’ll find seven Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks in our region, including the exquisitely sited Graycliff. You’ll walk down streets graced by buildings from great designers like Richard Upjohn, Stanford White, Lord & Burnham and Charles Atwood. And you’ll immerse yourself in the Gilded Age grandeur of Delaware Avenue’s “Millionaire’s Row.”

 

For a more intimate examination of our architectural treasures, treat yourself to a luxurious stay at Hubbard’s Roycroft Inn or the Hotel @ The Lafayette, designed by America’s first female professional architect, Louise Blanchard Bethune. Even the monolithic grain elevators along the Buffalo River have structural significance, having influenced modern architectural sensibilities.

 

Few cities possess the kind of architectural resume Buffalo maintains. See for yourself what The New York Times called “a textbook for a course in modern American buildings.”

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Buffalo: America’s Best Designed City

A story of geography, good fortune and genius

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Graycliff Estate

Exploring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo

Buffalo is home to one of the finest collections of his work

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Wright Road Trip

Drive from the Martin House to Fallingwater

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The Great Designers

They left a memorable mark on Buffalo

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Silo City Vertical Tour

A Journey to the Top of Silo City

A bird’s eye view of Buffalo’s industrial heritage

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Architecture Tours

Take a guided tour of Buffalo’s greatest buildings

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If you love architecture, you’ll want our guide

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Assembly House 150

This church has been converted into a design laboratory

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Arts & Crafts Movement

Explore our history of handcrafted excellence

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Buffalo’s Best Buildings

Proof that Buffalo aspired to greatness

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The garden and exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Martin House in Buffalo, NY

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AD called Buffalo “a pilgrimage site for architecture buffs”

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Buffalo Architectural Spotlight: Shea’s Performing Arts Center

A movie palace has been restored to its original grandeur

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Triumph of the Spirit: OLV Basilica

As worthy of a visit as any European cathedral

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Our Favorite City Walks: Downtown Buffalo

The best way to experience a city is on foot

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This Hotel Was Designed by U.S.’ First Female Architect

Louise Bethune’s groundbreaking career in Buffalo

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Historic Hotels for Your Buffalo Getaway

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Most Famous Buildings in Buffalo

800 West Ferry

800 West Ferry

800 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

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Blue Sky Mausoleum

Blue Sky Mausoleum

1411 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

(716) 885-1600

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Brisbane Building

Brisbane Building

403 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 880-1917

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Buffalo AKG Art Museum

1285 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 882-8700

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Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

2655 South Park Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14218

(716) 827-1584

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Buffalo Central Terminal

Buffalo Central Terminal

495 Paderewski Drive
Buffalo, NY 14212

(716) 754-6142

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Buffalo City Hall

Buffalo City Hall

65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716)851-4200

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Buffalo City Hall Observation Deck

Buffalo City Hall Observation Deck

65 Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 851-4890

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Buffalo History Museum

Buffalo History Museum

One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 873-9644

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Burchfield Penney Art Center

Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222

(716) 878-6011

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Calumet Building

Calumet Building

46-58 W.Chippewa Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Campanile

Campanile

925 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14209

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