A Sky-High View High Above Buffalo’s City Hall

Buffalo City Hall viewed from street level. Buffalo City Hall viewed from street level. Richard Cavalleri / Shutterstock.com

City Hall in Buffalo, New York, is an imposing 32-story Art Deco municipal building. Anchoring Niagara Square, a grand public space with an obelisk dedicated to President William McKinley, City Hall towers over nearly every other downtown building.

It’s hard to appreciate the scale and the architectural details of the building unless you’re up close. And since the building looms high above city streets, it’s hard to get a good look at all of City Hall’s exterior features, especially the decorative ornamentation toward the top of the tower—until now.

Commercial drone operations may be currently forbidden under Federal Aviation Administration rules, but hobbyists have been posting plenty drone videos on YouTube. And one drone videography enthusiast recently posted video footage of his aerial survey of Buffalo’s City Hall and its immediate downtown surroundings.

Take a look:

According to the Buffalo’s official history of City Hall:

The importance of this Art Deco masterpiece is immediately relevant upon viewing its command of the downtown Buffalo and the waterfront. When approaching City Hall from Niagara Street, one is impressed with an architectural style which is modern without being modernistic and which depicts the age in which it was built. Also, it generally balanced its modernism with a taste of the symbolism normally associated with classical architecture. The exterior and interior are adorned with symbolic figures and decorations, which in bold relief portray an industrial theme.

We pulled some historic photos of Buffalo City Hall from the Library of Congress’ Photographs and Prints Division. Take a look at the amazing details:

(Top image via Richard Cavalleri/Shutterstock.com)


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