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Buffalo Central Terminal is an Art Deco Architectural Relic

The Buffalo Central Terminal rail station in Buffalo, New York is a shining example of art deco railroad architecture.

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Art deco architecture is one of the things that makes New York such a beautiful place. There is something to be said for the elegance of clean lines that lends itself well to business and travel businesses, and the Buffalo Central Terminal in Buffalo, New York is no exception.

Originally conceived in 1925, the railroad served up to 200 passenger trains, at 3,200 passengers per hour in its heyday. Designed by architects Alfred T. Fellheimer and Steward Wagner, the 17-story building remained active between 1929 and 1979, and served Canadian National Railway, Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo Railway.

Unfortunately The Great Depression began shortly after it was built, so the station never really reached its full potential. After World War II, people had turned more to automobiles, and parts of the station were shut down. By 1979, Amtrak had all but taken over, and the Buffalo Central Terminal was abandoned.

It has changed hands a number of times since then, but the railroad station is currently owned by a non-profit preservation group that aims to restore, and then repurpose it.

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Harry Stinson, a Canadian developer based in Toronto was designated to head up the project in 2016. He plans to build townhouses around the travel terminal to create the revenue to fully restore the building. Now just imagine if you could get paid to travel so you could finance your own travel-themed home?

The Buffalo Central Terminal is considered an architecturally significant public building, so its awesome that care is being taken to preserve it, and turn it into something that modern people can enjoy.

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