One Seneca Tower

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One Seneca Tower
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One Seneca Tower, 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 Seneca Tower, 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$($323 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Owner Seneca One Realty
Management William Colucci, Pyramid Brokerage Company, Inc
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
Official website

One Seneca Tower 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]

  • The tower was the world headquarters of Marine Midland until 1998, and served as the headquarters of HSBC USA until 1999, when it moved its U. S. headquarters to New York City.
  • One Seneca Tower 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 Seneca Tower 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. It can also be seen looking west from Route 77 in Bennington and Attica, near the windmills.


Broadcast towers atop the building[edit]

Significant Former tenants[edit]


On December 5, 2012, HSBC Bank USA announced that they would vacate the space it leased in the tower by the time their lease expires in October 2013. Paired with the departure of Phillips Lytle LLP, and the recent closing of the Canadian Consulate, the tower is 90 percent vacant as of 2014.[6][7]


See also[edit]

Preceded by
Buffalo City Hall
Tallest Building in Buffalo
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved November 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ Hartley, Tom (1998). "`Marine Midland' no more". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  3. ^ "One HSBC Center". Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Fink, James. Pegula Sports & Entertainment leases floor in One Seneca Tower. Business First. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
  6. ^ Epstein, Jonathan (2012). The Buffalo News "`Tower owners see strong future despite HSBC’s move to vacate building'" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2012-12-10. 
  7. ^ 6 November 2013. "Seneca Tower mortgage transferred to firm handling high-risk loans". Buffalo News. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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