One Seneca Center

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One Seneca Center
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One Seneca Center, in Buffalo, NY
Former names One HSBC Center, Marine Midland Center
Record height
Tallest in Buffalo since 1970[I]
Preceded by Buffalo City Hall
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 1 HSBC Center, Buffalo, NY, USA
Coordinates 42°52′46″N 78°52′33″W / 42.8795°N 78.8757°W / 42.8795; -78.8757Coordinates: 42°52′46″N 78°52′33″W / 42.8795°N 78.8757°W / 42.8795; -78.8757
Construction started 1969
Completed 1972
Cost 50 million US$($322 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Owner Seneca One Realty
Management Seneca One Realty
Height
Roof 529 ft (161 m)
Technical details
Floor count 40 (38 occupiable)
Floor area 1,200,000 sq ft (111,483.6 m2)
Lifts/elevators 27
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Other information
Parking 800 spaces
Website
Official website

One Seneca Center is a skyscraper located in downtown Buffalo, New York. The building was formerly known as One HSBC Center (1999-2013), and prior to that, as Marine Midland Center (1972-1999), its name was changed in 1999 shortly after Marine Midland's parent company HSBC rebranded the bank as HSBC Bank USA.[2] The building was constructed at a cost of $50 million between 1969 and 1972, and contains over 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of space. Today, the 40 story building still dominates the Buffalo skyline, at 529 feet (161 m), or 161.2 meters high. It is an example of modernist style architecture.[3] The building's design is similar to that of the 33 South Sixth building in Minneapolis.

Building facts[edit]

  • One HSBC Center is the tallest (privately owned) office building outside of NYC in New York State. The tallest publicly owned building outside of NYC being Erastus Corning Tower in Albany, New York.
  • The building's plaza hosts Ronald Bladen's monumental 1973 work titled "Vroom, Shhh."
  • The building spans the southern end of Main Street, under which the Buffalo Metro Rail passes.
  • On a clear day, One HSBC Center can be seen from 20 miles (32 km) away along the New York State Thruway. Due to the large number of railroad overpasses in Erie County, the skyscraper can also be seen from many vantage points along Harlem Road, Union Road, the 400 expressway (as far away as Elma), areas nearby Ralph Wilson Stadium (particularly the Lake Ave. and Abbott Rd. intersection), and the Grand Island bridges along the Niagara section of the Thruway.

Tenants[edit]

Significant Former tenants[edit]

Future[edit]

On December 5, 2012, HSBC Bank USA announced that they would vacate the space they lease in the tower by the time their lease expires in October 2013. Paired the departure of Phillips Lytle LLP next year, and the recent closing of the Canadian Consulate, the tower will be 90 percent vacant by the end of 2013.[4][5]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Preceded by
Buffalo City Hall
Tallest Building in Buffalo
1970—Present
161m
Succeeded by
None

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Hartley, Tom (1998). "`Marine Midland' no more". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "One HSBC Center". emporis.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  4. ^ Epstein, Jonathan (2012). The Buffalo News "`Tower owners see strong future despite HSBC’s move to vacate building'". Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  5. ^ 6 November 2013. "Seneca Tower mortgage transferred to firm handling high-risk loans". Buffalo News. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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