One Seneca Tower
|One Seneca Tower|
One Seneca Tower, in Buffalo, NY
|Former names||One HSBC Center, Marine Midland Center|
|Tallest in Buffalo since 1970[I]|
|Preceded by||Buffalo City Hall|
|Location||1 Seneca Tower, Buffalo, NY, USA|
|Cost||50 million US$($322 million in 2015 dollars)|
|Owner||Seneca One Realty|
|Management||Seneca One Realty|
|Roof||529 ft (161 m)|
|Floor count||40 (38 occupiable)|
|Floor area||1,200,000 sq ft (111,483.6 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP|
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. 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. The building's design is similar to that of the 33 South Sixth building in Minneapolis.
- 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.
|Wikinews has related news: Fire reported at One HSBC Center in downtown Buffalo, New York|
|This section is outdated. (November 2013)|
- Seymour H. Knox Foundation
- The John R. Oshei Foundation
- UBS AG Financial Services
- Harold C. Brown
- SoftBank Capital
- Robert Half International
- WBXZ-LP (broadcasts from atop the building)
Significant Former tenants
- Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo
- HSBC Bank USA
- Pegula Sports and Entertainment
- Phillips Lytle LLP
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.
One HSBC Center behind Ellicott Square Building
Coca-Cola Field with The One HSBC Center building in the background viewed from the 3rd base side of the park.
- HSBC Buildings around the world
- List of tallest buildings in Buffalo
- List of tallest buildings in Upstate New York
Buffalo City Hall
|Tallest Building in Buffalo
- Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
- Hartley, Tom (1998). "`Marine Midland' no more". Buffalo Business First. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "One HSBC Center". emporis.com. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Fink, James. Pegula Sports & Entertainment leases floor in One Seneca Tower. Business First. Retrieved July 24, 2014.
- Epstein, Jonathan (2012). The Buffalo News "`Tower owners see strong future despite HSBC’s move to vacate building'". Retrieved 2012-12-10.
- 6 November 2013. "Seneca Tower mortgage transferred to firm handling high-risk loans". Buffalo News. Retrieved 24 November 2013.