Buffalo Savings Bank

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Buffalo Savings Bank
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Buffalo Savings Bank, in Buffalo, NY
Former names Goldome
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Location 545 Main Street, (1 Fountain Plaza), Buffalo, NY, USA
Coordinates 42°53′19″N 78°52′24″W / 42.888739°N 78.873401°W / 42.888739; -78.873401Coordinates: 42°53′19″N 78°52′24″W / 42.888739°N 78.873401°W / 42.888739; -78.873401
Construction started 1899
Completed 1901
Opening May 1901
Cost US$ 300 thousand
($85 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Owner M&T Bank
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Green & Wicks

The Buffalo Savings Bank is a neoclassical, Beaux–Arts style bank branch building located at 1 Fountain Plaza in downtown Buffalo, New York.

History[edit]

The Buffalo Savings Bank building opened in May 1901. The building's signature feature is the gold-leafed dome, which measures 23 feet tall and 56 feet in diameter. It is covered with 13,500 terra-cotta tiles. The tiles originally were overlaid with copper, which took on a greenish hue.[2] The tiles have been gilded three times. The last restoration required 140,000 paper-thin sheets of 23.75-carat gold leaf at a cost $500,000 (more than the initial cost of the building).[3] The building contains a 9-foot (2.7 m) clock above the main columned entrance. In 1982, the original bank building received a larger linked addition on the north side called M & T Center (not to be confused with One M&T Plaza). In 1991, the Buffalo Savings Bank company became insolvent and was dissolved. The building currently serves as a branch of M&T Bank and has been designated a City of Buffalo Landmark.

Key Center North Tower and Key Center South Tower are across Main Street from the building. The Electric Tower is to the southeast.

In 2010, the bank was used in the filming of Henry's Crime, a movie in which the bank is robbed.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ LaChiusa, Chuck (2002). "Façade, Buffalo Savings Bank / Goldome / M& T Bank Branch". Buffalo as history. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ New Millennium Group of Western New York, Inc. "M&T Center". Walk Buffalo. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Henry's Crime - Did You Know?". IMDb. Retrieved October 6, 2012.