Main Street, Buffalo
Main Street in Buffalo, being the prime street in town, contains the greatest concentration of heritage buildings. It has also been converted to an attractive tram mall. Sidewalk markets and special events take place along this space.
Main Street Map
Darwin D. Martin House Complex
Darwin and Isabelle Martin commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a multi-structure complex in 1904, which he did at the height of his Prairie House era. It is considered by many to be his finest such work. The house, which is today open to the public, is a museum which can be toured on either a Basic Tour or an In-Depth Tour, with guides who can direct viewers to the details and enhance visitors understanding of the structure.In a unique twist, portions of the estate which were torn down over the years are been reconstructed.
Address: 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14214, United States
Always closed on: American Independance Day (Jul 4)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $15.00, Senior over 65 $13.00, Students $10.00
Useful tips: Call for details on specific tour times.
Disability Access: No facilities for persons with disabilities.
Shea's Performing Arts Center
Shea's Performing Arts Center is considered a fine example of the great movie palaces of its era. The center was built in 1926 in the Classic style with a Neo-Spanish Baroque interior. The ornate chandeliers and a marble-lined grand lobby are some of the notable features. Cornelius and George Rapp designed Shea Theater.The building is listed as a National Historic Site and tours of the grand facility are open to the public. Some of the great performers that have taken to the stage here include Frank Sinatra, The Marx Brothers, and George Burns. Take a look at the calendar to learn about upcoming performances.
Electric Building (Electric Tower)
The Electric Building, now known as the Electric Tower, is one of the most striking buildings in Buffalo. It is clad in white sand lime and glazed terra-cotta which gives it an almost glowing appearance at times. The Beaux Arts Classical Revival style building was designed by Esenwein & Johnson and built in 1912. The tower stands 294 feet high.
Buffalo Savings Bank (M & T Bank)
Designed by E.B. Green and W.S. Wicks, this neo-classical Beaux-Arts style features a dome that was originally terra-cotta and copper and later covered with gold leaf. Built in 1964 of white marble, this 20 story office tower occupies an entire city block.
The Courier-Express Building is an Art Deco building which was constructed in 1930 as the home of Buffalo's former newspaper. The main entrance features symbols used by early printers that have been cast in bronze. The architects were Monks & Johnson.
St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral is a Gothic Revival cathedral, built originally in the mid 19th C and reconstructed in 1888 after a fire. The inspiration for the design was drawn from 13th C churches in rural England. The Cathedral, which is a National Historic Landmark, is still active today.
The Ansonia Building is significant as an Art Nouveau style building designed by Esenwein & Johnson. It was built in 1921 and is today used as mix of residential and commercial space.
Ellicott Square Building
Genesee Building (Hyatt Regency Hotel)
Designed by Edward B Green & Son, the Genesee Building was built in 1923 with retail space on the ground floor and office space above. It was converted to the Hyatt Regency in 1983.
Lafayette Square (Soldiers and Sailors Monument)
Theater Place consists of two buildings; 636-644 Main Street, which was designed by Edward A Kent and built in 1896, and 622-634 Main Street which was built in 1902 by E B Green and W S Wicks.
Barnes & Hengerer Building
Designed by Cyrus K Porter, built in 1889, the Barnes & Hengerer Building housed mercantile establishments.
The Brisbane Building was a creation of Milton E Beebe who constructed this Italian Renaissance building in 1894.
The reflecting pool and splashing fountain are available in the warmer months at Fountain Plaza. In the winter the reflecting pool is transformed into an ice rink.
Glenny Education Center
This Flemish Renaissance structure was designed by EB Green. It features twin ornamental gables.
Glenny Store (Stanton Building)
Built in 1873 and Italianate in style, the Glenny or Crockery Store is the only surviving building with a cast iron facade.
Built in 1925 to house the Liberty Bank of Buffalo, the building was designed by Alfred Bossom.
Market Arcade was built in 1892 and is a well-preserved example of a 19th century retail structure. The facade is brick and terra-cotta.
The Sidway Building was built in 1907 and features red terracotta details. It was designed by McCreary, Wood & Bradney.
Built in 1905, this commercial and residential building is a Beaux-Arts classical style with a foliage theme on the exterior.
Main Street Pictures