Liberty Building (Buffalo, New York)
Liberty Building, 1970
|Location||424 Main St., Buffalo, New York 14202, USA|
|Owner||Main Place Liberty Group|
|Antenna spire||345 ft (105 m)|
|Roof||333 ft (101 m)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Alfred C. Bossom|
Built in 1925, the 23 story office tower is an example of neoclassical architecture. At the time of its completion, the Liberty Building was the largest office building in downtown Buffalo and was built for Liberty National Bank to serve as their headquarters. Liberty National Bank was originally called the German American Bank but its name was changed to Liberty National Bank after World War I to remove any connection to that war's main enemy. In order to illustrate the bank's new image, the building was christened with three replicas of the Statue of Liberty sculpted by Leo Lentelli in 1925. Two statues on the roof, one facing west, and the other facing east, represent Buffalo's strategic location on the Great Lakes. A third statue was placed over the Main Street entrance. Only the rooftop statues remain today. They stand 36 feet tall and are illuminated at night.
An addition to the building, designed by Lyman & Associates was completed in 1961.
On September 23, 2010 French tightrope walker Didier Pasquette completed a successful 150 ft walk across a high-wire suspended between the two statues atop the building. He completed the walk in two minutes and 59 seconds.
The Liberty Building is the fifth tallest building in Buffalo.
- Sisti, Maria (September 24, 2010). "Pasquette High Wire Walk Across Buffalo Liberty Building". wgrz.com. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
- "Liberty Building General Info". Main Place Liberty Group. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
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