Liberty Building (Buffalo, New York)

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Liberty Building
Liberty Building - Port of Buffalo handbook.jpg
Liberty Building, 1970
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Location 424 Main St., Buffalo, New York 14202, USA
Coordinates 42°53′08″N 78°52′30″W / 42.885595°N 78.875047°W / 42.885595; -78.875047Coordinates: 42°53′08″N 78°52′30″W / 42.885595°N 78.875047°W / 42.885595; -78.875047
Completed 1925
Renovated 1961, 1999
Owner Main Place Liberty Group
Antenna spire 345 ft (105 m)
Roof 333 ft (101 m)
Technical details
Floor count 23
Lifts/elevators 9
Design and construction
Architect Alfred C. Bossom

The Liberty Building is located at 420 Main Street, across the Buffalo Metro Rail from Lafayette Square in Buffalo, New York, USA.


Built in 1925, the 23 story office tower is a rare 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 Bank to serve as their headquarters. The Liberty Bank was originally called the German American Bank but its name was changed to the Liberty 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, representing 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.

Present Day[edit]

Didier Pasquette's tightrope walk

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.[1]

The building is owned by the Main Place Liberty Group, who also own the Main Place Tower.[2]

The Liberty Building is the fifth tallest building in Buffalo.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sisti, Maria (September 24, 2010). "Pasquette High Wire Walk Across Buffalo Liberty Building". Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Liberty Building General Info". Main Place Liberty Group. Retrieved May 18, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Electric Tower Building
Tallest Building in Buffalo
Succeeded by
Rand Building