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.”


Buffalo: America’s Best Designed City

A story of geography, good fortune and genius


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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Download Our ‘Buffalo on Foot’ Guide

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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Guaranty building

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

Buffalo Ranks as Top Place to Travel in Architectural Digest

AD called Buffalo “a pilgrimage site for architecture buffs”

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Sheas theatre

Buffalo Architectural Spotlight: Shea’s Performing Arts Center

A movie palace has been restored to its original grandeur

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Our Lady of Victory Basilica

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

Tired of cookie cutter? Here’s a well-designed alternative

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Delaware Park

12 Beautiful Examples of Olmsted’s Buffalo Legacy

Why Buffalo has been called “a city in a park”

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Most Famous Buildings in Buffalo

Niagara Square

One Niagara Square
Buffalo, NY 14202

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North Park Theatre

1428 Hertel Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216

(716) 836-7411

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Old County Hall

92 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 858-8785

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Rand Building

14 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203

(716) 852-7166

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Richardson Olmsted Campus

444 Forest Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14213

(716) 601-1150

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Roycroft Inn

40 South Grove Street
East Aurora, NY 14052

(716) 652-5552

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Shea’s Buffalo

646 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 847-1410

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Sidway Building

775-783 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral Church

128 Pearl Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 855-0900

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Stanton Building

251 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Statler Buffalo

107 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14202

(716) 853-3300

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The Buckingham

87 Mariner Street
Buffalo, NY 14201

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