The history and legacy of the Buffalo Central Terminal is an integral part of Western New York from pre-Depression through war time to the present and adaptive reuse.
Take a few moments and read all about the inception to present day of this National Landmark. Then visit us for a more personal view.
Restoration has now started on this Landmark structure.
Learn more about our processes and Leadership in attaining that goal and become part of the process by volunteering.
If you’re a local business, professional service, trades union, family or individual, you can volunteer with the Buffalo Central Terminal and be part of this magnificent structure’s renaissance!
We’re always willing to share this unique learning experience with you if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves with us. Just click “Discover.”
From Historical Tours, Annual Train Show, ParaHistory (Ghost tours with a twist) to Candlelight Tours you are all invited to experience the Terminal in so very many ways!
See what’s going on during restoration and witness progress in bringing back this National Landmark and our region’s most iconic architectural jewels.
Buffalo Central Terminal opened to the public on June 22, 1929. Built by the New York Central Railroad and designed by architects Alfred T. Fellheimer & Steward Wagner, the art deco style station was built to accommodate up to 3200 passengers per hour, or 200 trains per day. The complex consists of the main concourse, a 17 story office tower, a four story baggage building and two story mail building along Curtiss Street, and the now detached train concourse. The complex sits on a 17 acre site 2.5 miles east of downtown Buffalo.
Buffalo Central Terminal, besides being an instantly recognizable element of the Buffalo skyline and a cultural landmark, could once again serve as a gateway to the city by utilizing the opportunities presented by its location and the current system of networks which pass through or near the structure. Through reactivation of these dormant systems, the Terminal could provide transportation for suburbanites to the city, welcome both domestic and international tourists to the city, and connect the east coast to midwest without delays, all from its existing site and without severe infrastructure disturbance or interruption.
The terminal should be preserved, not only for its beauty, but also for its historical significance. Not many cities have a treasure like Central Terminal.
Rep. Louise Slaughter
United States Representative for New York's 25th congressional district