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Location DB > United States > New York > Buffalo > Buffalo Central Terminal
 Name
Buffalo Central Terminal
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 Database Info
created by the duke on 8/11/2003 9:52 PM
last modified by explorateur us canada on 9/24/2011 4:29 AM
 Viewability
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This location has been labeled by its creator as Public, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
 Overview
 Description
Art/Deco design with a breathtaking main hall and various offices and a loading dock as well.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Active
Accessibility: we are open to the public during events and tours
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
Address
Memorial Ave
Buffalo, New York
United States
Owner: Central Terminal Restoration Corporation
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  •  Hazards
  • asbestos
  • rust
  • water
  • air quality
  • security guards, police, alarm, motion detectors, cameras
  •  Interesting Features
    This is truly one of the most beautiful yet tragic buildings I have ever seen. I had a chance to check it out Aug10/03 with brutha cool and it was everything and more than it had been hyped to be. The office floors above the main hall are littered with literally tons of old invoices and other somewhat interesting garbage and we came across a couple of old control rooms that ran the train traffic still with alot of old panels and switches. The most interesting part was finding a catwalk that led to a hole in the "floor" that actually turned out to be the place where a large chandalier had at one time looked down on the main hall from the highest point in the ceiling. There's nothing like looking straight down 60 or so feet to the concrete floor below. Its been abandoned since 1979 and has been pretty much stripped of anything valuable but it may actually have a chance to be turned into something viable again. It's good to see the local preservation society cleaning up the old girl and at least doing something positive with it.
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • part-time guard
  • 24 hour guard
  • locked gates
  • welded doors
  • wooden boarding
  • alarm and motion detectors
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1929
    Closed: 1979
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • long pants / sleeves
  • towelettes
  • camera
  •  Recommended Equipment

     History
    Opened in 1929 but never really seemed to be used as much as was expected. The depression occured just after it opened and train travel declined post WWII due to automobiles and air travel.
     Media Coverage
    Featured on an episode of "Ghost Hunters"

     Future Plans
    "As a board member of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, I can say that we remain open minded and welcome to plausible reuse ideas. The building was offered to the Seneca Nation for their Buffalo casino, with no interest. There is currently no illegal access to the building. WE WILL PROSECUTE TRESPASSERS. It's real simple to contact us and arrange a tour. If anyone is interested in the public tours and events, all information can be found on our website http://www.buffalocentralterminal.org ~ Sara Etten"
     Stories
    Driving Miss Nightbird
    Fri, Aug 19th, 2005
    posted by Agent Skelly
    BCT July 9, 2005
    Mon, Jul 11th, 2005
    posted by addict


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     Photo Galleries
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    Aug10/03
    Sun, Aug 10th, 2003
    posted by the duke
    10 pictures
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    8/10/03
    Sun, Aug 10th, 2003
    posted by Mr. Motts
    17 pictures
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    bct then and now
    Thu, Mar 18th, 2004
    posted by elegant
    5 pictures
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    BCT - Open House
    Mon, Jul 12th, 2004
    posted by kubrickscube
    14 pictures
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    BCT 6-6-04
    Thu, Jul 15th, 2004
    posted by kubrickscube
    22 pictures
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    BCT Trip July 9, 2005
    Mon, Jul 11th, 2005
    posted by addict
    4 pictures
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    Driving Miss Nightbird
    Thu, Aug 18th, 2005
    posted by Agent Skelly
    45 pictures
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    Sweet free fruit basket.
    Mon, Aug 29th, 2005
    posted by nightbird
    10 pictures
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    Tower and Track Side
    Sat, Mar 25th, 2006
    posted by yokes
    17 pictures
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    lopix was around
    Sat, Mar 25th, 2006
    posted by lopix
    25 pictures
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    The Photomat's Tour
    Wed, Mar 29th, 2006
    posted by The Photomat
    15 pictures
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    Doors Open Snow Day
    Tue, Oct 17th, 2006
    posted by journeylady
    25 pictures
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    BCT
    Sun, Jan 7th, 2007
    posted by 350D
    15 pictures
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    Sim's baggage hall pics
    Sun, Jan 28th, 2007
    posted by simmorill
    12 pictures
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    Sim's greathall pic
    Sun, Jan 28th, 2007
    posted by simmorill
    24 pictures
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    Upper floors
    Mon, Jan 29th, 2007
    posted by simmorill
    18 pictures
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    Bathrooms
    Mon, Jan 29th, 2007
    posted by simmorill
    11 pictures
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    no dead cats
    Sun, Apr 1st, 2007
    posted by secretdestroyers
    7 pictures
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    BCT Afternoon.
    Mon, May 10th, 2010
    posted by Buffalonian
    9 pictures
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    occasion spéciale
    Sat, Sep 24th, 2011
    posted by explorateur us canada
    12 pictures
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    Choo Choo 2012
    Tue, Sep 18th, 2012
    posted by Freaktography
    25 pictures
     


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     Web Links
    http://www.buffalocentralterminal.org
    http://www.infiltr...abandoned-bct.html
    http://www.trainwe...%20Buffalo%201.htm
    http://www.buffalocentralterminal.com/
    http://rockpile.bu...al/terminal01.html
    http://www.buffalo...n.com/bc/index.htm
    http://central.ter...s/ps.cgi?cterm2002
    http://www.institutionalgreen.com
    http://www.canadas...n.com/caso/bct.htm
    http://www.flickr....locentralterminal/
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    Category Rating
    Photography 8 / 10
    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
     Validation
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 10/2/2012 12:52 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Oct 2 12 at 12:52, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 18 12 at 20:34, Freaktography added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 18 12 at 20:32, Freaktography added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 18 12 at 20:30, Freaktography added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 18 12 at 20:28, Freaktography created a new gallery
  • on Sep 24 11 at 6:38, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Sep 24 11 at 4:29, explorateur us canada changed the following: Media Coverage, Web Links
  • on Sep 24 11 at 4:27, explorateur us canada added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 24 11 at 4:26, explorateur us canada added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 24 11 at 4:24, explorateur us canada updated gallery occasion spéciale
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