Rand Building

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Rand Building
10 Lafayette Square and Rand Building 2.JPG
Rand Building to the right of the 10 Lafayette Square
General information
Type Office
Location 14 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, New York 14203
Coordinates 42°53′10.30″N 78°52′24.40″W / 42.8861944°N 78.8734444°W / 42.8861944; -78.8734444Coordinates: 42°53′10.30″N 78°52′24.40″W / 42.8861944°N 78.8734444°W / 42.8861944; -78.8734444
Completed 1929
Antenna spire 391 feet (119.2 m)
Roof 351 feet (107.0 m)
Technical details
Floor count 29
Design and construction
Architect James W. Kideney & Associates; Franklyn and William Kidd

The Rand Building is a skyscraper and the third tallest building in Buffalo, New York. At the time it was built in 1929, it was the tallest in the city at a height of 391 feet (119 m).[1] Built on the site of the 1903 Olympic Theatre, it has been suggested that the Rand Building was the inspiration for the Empire State Building.[2]

The building is named for George Rand, a prominent Buffalo financier in the 1920s. The Buffalo Broadcasting Company moved its stations WGR and WKBW to the building in 1922; today, the stations in the Townsquare Media cluster (WMSX, WBLK, WBUF, and WYRK) broadcast from studios in the Rand Building and have their transmitting antennas located atop its beacon. Contrary to Buffalo myth, the "GR" in WGR does not stand for George Rand as the station was founded by the Federal Telephone and Telegraph company in 1922.

Adjacent to the Rand Building is 10 Lafayette Square in Lafayette Square.

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Preceded by
Liberty Building
Tallest Building in Buffalo
391 feet (119 m)
Succeeded by
Buffalo City Hall