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Buffalo: America's Best Designed City

Kleinhans Music Hall

Richardson Olmsted Campus

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 Complex, 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 Campus. And enjoy the meticulously planned landscaping of Frederick Law Olmsted’s parks and parkways.

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 Estate. 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.” Click here for a guide to some of the Queen City’s most iconic landmarks and immerse yourself in our vast museum of late 19th century and early 20th century architectural treasures. Or plan an entire architecture themed trip with our itinerary.


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