List of tallest buildings in Buffalo

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Downtown Buffalo looking down Main Street

This list of the tallest buildings in Buffalo ranks skyscrapers in Buffalo, New York by height. The tallest building in Buffalo is currently the One Seneca Center, which stands 529 feet (161 m) tall. As of 2016, Buffalo has 16 structures taller than 250 ft (76 m).

Buffalo has a rich tradition for architecture. Among the first true skyscrapers built in the city were the Prudential (Guaranty) Building and the Ellicott Square Building, both being built in the 1890s. A number of the tallest municipal buildings in the country were also built in the city, such as Buffalo City Hall, which continues to dominate the skyline. The city is also home to a large collection of large grain elevators, many of which rise above 150 ft (46 m). Construction of high rise buildings has increased in recent years after decades of relative dormancy, in addition to the retro-fitting of many old structures.

Tallest buildings[edit]

This lists ranks Buffalo buildings that stand at least 128 feet (39 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. Existing structures are included for ranking purposes based on present height.

Skyline of Buffalo from the Niagara River, 2015
Rank Name Image Height
feet / m
Floors Year Notes
1 Seneca One Tower One HSBC Buffalo.jpg 529 / 161 40 1972 Tallest building in the city. Tallest building constructed in the 1970s.[1][2] Previously known as "One HSBC Center." Original name: Marine Midland Center.
2 Buffalo City Hall Buffalo City Hall - 001.jpg 398 / 121 32 1931 Tallest building constructed in the 1930s.[3][4][5]
3 Rand Building 10 Lafayette Square and Rand Building 2.JPG 391 / 119 29 1929 Tallest building constructed in the 1920s.[6][7]
4 Main Place Tower Main Place Tower 350 / 107 26 1969 Tallest building constructed in the 1960s.[8][9]
5 Liberty Building Liberty Building.jpg 345 / 105 23 1925 [10][11]
6 One M&T Plaza M&T Plaza.jpg 317 / 97 21 1966 [12][13]
7 Electric Tower General Electric Tower.JPG 294 / 90 14 1912 Also known as the "Niagara Mohawk Building." Tallest building constructed in the 1910s.[14][15]
8 Saint Paul's Episcopal Cathedral StPaulsCathedralBuffalo2.jpg 275 / 84 1851 Tallest building constructed in the 1850s
9 50 Fountain Plaza Key Center North Tower.jpg 275 / 84 17 1990 Tallest building constructed in the 1990s. Formerly known as Key Center North Tower
10 Buffalo Central Terminal Buffalo Central Terminal 3.jpg 271 / 83 20 1929 Also known as "New York Central Terminal Complex."[16][17]
11 Erie County Hall Erie County Hall 2012.jpg 270 / 82 1876 Tallest building constructed in the 1870s.[18]
12 Statler Hotel Buffalo Statler Towers.jpg 265 / 81 19 1923 Also known as the "Statler Towers," "Statler City."[19][20]
13 10 Lafayette Square 10 Lafayette Square and Rand Building.JPG 263 / 80 23 1959 Tallest building constructed in the 1950s.[21][22]
14 Verizon/AT&T Building Verizonat&t building.jpg 258 / 79 16 1913 [21][23]
15 Robert H. Jackson United States Courthouse Robert H. Jackson CH.jpg 255 / 77.72 10 2011 [24]
16 Main Seneca Building Main Seneca Building.JPG 250 / 76 17 1913 [25]
17 Genesee Building/Hyatt Regency Hotel Hyatt Regency Hotel.jpg 249 / 76 16 1923 / 1984 [26]
18 Saint Louis Roman Catholic Church Saint louis catholic church.jpg 246 / 75 1889 Tallest building constructed in the 1880s
19 Old Post Office Old Post Office - Buffalo.JPG 244 / 74 1901 Now Erie Community College City Campus [27][28]
20 HarborCenter HarborCenter Dec2015.JPG 240 / 73.2 (est) 20 2015 [29] Connected to KeyBank Center
21 Saint Mary of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church Stmaryofsorrows.jpg 241 / 72 1891 Now King Urban Life Center
22 The Avant Avant Buffalo.JPG 225 / 69 15 1973 / 2009 Former Thaddeus J. Dulski Federal Building[30]
23 40 Fountain Plaza Key Center South Tower.jpg 225 / 69 13 1990 Formerly known as Key Center South Tower
24 Edward A. Rath County Office Building Edward A. Rath County Office Building.JPG 223 / 68 16 1969 [31]
25 Church of St. Stanislaus, Bishop and Martyr (Buffalo, New York) St stanislaus outside.jpg 217 / 66 1886
26 Wheeler Elevator Wheeler Elevator.jpg 207 / 63 13 Also known as "Agway/GLF East Work House"[32]
27 Concrete-Central Elevator Concrete-Central Elevator, 175 Buffalo River, Buffalo (Erie County, New York).jpg 207 / 63 7 1915 [33]
28 Delaware North Building 250 Delaware ave.JPG 194 / 59m* 12 2015 *Height: 174'/53m to roof level, 194'/59m to top of mechanicals (Source: Developer)
29 Standard Elevator Pillsbury standard elevator.JPG 194 / 59 1928 Also known as "Pillsbury Grain Elevator"[34]
30 Kaleida Health Gates Vascular Institute Gates Vascular Institute.JPG 190 / 58 10 2011 [35]
31 Marine A Elevator Marine A grain elevator.jpg 190 / 58 11 1925 [36]
32 Superior Elevator Cargill S Superior elevator.jpg 189 / 57.6 1925 Also known as Cargill "S" or Cargill Superior elevator[37]
33 Main Court Building Main Court Building, Buffalo.JPG 188 / 57 13 1963 [38]
34 Great Northern Elevator Great Northern Elevator.jpg 188 / 57 1897 [39]
35 Asbury Delaware Avenue United Methodist Church Asbury Delaware Avenue United Methodist Church.JPG 184 / 56 1876 [40]
36 Westminster Presbyterian Church Westminster Presbyterian Church.jpg 184 / 56 1859 [41]
37 Roswell Park Clinical Sciences Center Roswell clinical.JPG 182 / 55.5 [42] 11 2015 [43]
38 City Centre Condominiums City Centre Condominiums.jpg 180 / 55 14 1993 [44]
39 Buffalo General Hospital Buffalo General Hospital 2012.JPG 177 / 54 14 1950 [45]
40 Kreiner Malting Grain Elevator Kreiner Malting Grain Elevator.jpg 177 / 54 1925 Also known as "Buffalo Malting Elevator" [46]
41 Connecting Terminal Connecting terminal.jpg 174 / 53 1915 [47]
42 Cargill Pool Elevator Cargill Pool Grain Elevator, Buffalo, NY 2011.jpg 174 / 53 1925 Also known as the "Saskatchewan Cooperative Elevator" [48]
43 Prudential/Guaranty Building Prudential buffalo louis sullivan.jpg 167 / 51 13 1896 [49]
44 AM&A Building J.N. Adam-AM&A Historic District Jun 09.jpg 166 / 51 12 1948 Tallest building constructed in the 1940s.[50]
45 Ellicott Square Building 20080228 Ellicott Square Building (2).JPG 164 / 50 10 1896 [51]
46 First Presbyterian Church 1st April 26th 2009.jpg 164 / 50 1897 [52]
47 Olympic Towers Young Men's Christian Association Central Building.JPG 161 / 49 11 1903 Also known as the "Young Men's Christian Association Central Building" [53]
48 Richardson Olmsted Complex Buffalo Psy Admin Building.JPG 161 / 49 4 1871 [54]
49 General Mills Plant General Mills Plant.JPG 161 / 49 12 Also known as "The Frontier Elevator"[55]
50 800 West Ferry Street 800 West Ferry - 20190819.jpg 161 / 49 12 1929 (estimated height). High-rise condominium tower. [56]
51 M&T Center (Buffalo Savings Bank extension) M&T Center main st side.JPG 160.1 / 48.8 1985 (estimated height), The building is a north side addition to the Buffalo Savings Bank [57]
52 Marguerite Hall Marguerite Hall.JPG 160.1 / 48.8 12 1966[58] (estimated height)[59] D'Youville College dormitory
53 John R. Oishei Children's Hospital OisheiChildrens.jpg 160 / 48.7 (est) 12 2017
54 KeyBank Center First Niagara Center front.jpg 157 / 48 1996 Previously "Marine Midland Arena", "HSBC Arena" and "First Niagara Center"[60]
55 Buffalo City Court Building Buffalo City Court Building.JPG 154 / 47 10 1974 (estimated height)[61]
56 St. Mary's Cement Storage Tanks Spencer Kellogg Elevator.jpg 154 / 47 1910 Also known as "Spencer Kellogg Elevator" [62]
57 American Grain Complex American Grain Complex Apr 12.JPG 151 / 46 10 1933 Also known as "Perot Malting Elevator", "Genesee Brewing Elevator" [63]
58 500 Pearl Street 500PearlBuffalo - 20190727.jpg 151 / 46 12 2019 [64]
59 Lake & Rail Grain Elevator Lake & Rail Grain Elevator.JPG 151 / 46 9 1927 [65]
60 Saint Adalbert's Basilica Saint Adalbert's Basilica 2.JPG 151 / 46 1886 [66]
61 The Delaware Tower 1088 Delaware Ave.JPG 142 / 43.28 17 1962 (estimated height)[67]
62 Buffalo Athletic Club Buffalo Athletic Club.jpg 141 / 42.98 12 1922 (estimated height)[68]
63 Mary Agnes Manor 133 / 40.67 10 1965 (estimated height). Apartment building for senior citizens.[69]
64 Baptist Manor Apartments Baptist Manor Apartments.JPG 133 / 40.54 16 1976 (estimated height)[70]
65 Convention Tower Convention Tower Buffalo.JPG 128 / 39 12 1924 (estimated height)[71]

Tallest under construction and proposed[edit]

This lists buildings that are under construction and proposed in Buffalo and are planned to rise at least 150 feet (46 m). Buildings under construction that have already been topped out are also included.

Name Height
feet / m
Floors Year Proposed Projected Completion Status Notes
Apartments at Queen City Landing 324 / 98.8 23 2016 Unknown Approved Project on hold pending litigation [72][73]
33 High Street 11 2016 Proposed

Tallest cancelled and stale proposals[edit]

This lists buildings (greater than 12 floors) that have been proposed in Buffalo but are now cancelled or the proposal has sat longer than 2 years.

Name Height
feet / m
Floors Year Proposed Status Notes
Buffalo City Tower 600 / 183 40 2006 cancelled This project was cancelled due to the financial woes of the developer, BSC Group
33 Gates Circle 297 / 85 23 2006 stale proposal
Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino Hotel Tower 220 / 67 22 2010 cancelled The Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino was completed in 2013 without the hotel tower
Adelphia Tower 220 / 67 15 2004 cancelled The project size and scope was altered several times (40 floors, 38 floors, 22 floors and finally 15 floors) before being cancelled
The Carlo 186 / 56.94 (est) 14 2012 Stale Proposal

Tallest Destroyed Buildings[edit]

This lists buildings in the city of Buffalo that once existed and rose at least 150 ft (46 m) but have since been destroyed.

Name Image Height
feet / m
Floors Year* Status Notes
Electric Tower (Pan-Am) Pan-American Exposition - The Electric Tower.jpg 389 / 119 1901 Destroyed in 1902 after conclusion of Pan-American Exposition [74]
St. Joseph's New Cathedral St. Joseph's New Cathedral (demolished).jpg 240 / 73.1 1913 Destroyed in 1976 [75]
D. S. Morgan Building D.S. Morgan Building.jpg 221 / 67.4 12 1895 Destroyed in 1965, Edward A. Rath County Office Building now occupies the site [76]
Iroquois Hotel, also known as the Gerrans building Hotel Iroquois, Buffalo.tif 166 / 50.6 11 1890 Destroyed in 1940, One M&T Plaza now occupies the site [77]
Chamber of Commerce Building 161 / 49 13 1897 Destroyed in 1986 [78]
Ford Hotel 151 / 46 13 1922 Destroyed in 2000, Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel now occupies the site [79]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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