Buffalo City Hall is a historic landmark in the Queen City and you can see all its hidden treasures absolutely free.
For the past ten years, Preservation Buffalo Niagara has been giving free tours for those who want to learn a little history. Every weekday at noon rain or shine,dozens of people show up in to get a closer look at this architectural gem.
Jessie Fisher,Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara says it’s best to come early and prepare yourself for a lot of walking.
“It’s just over an hour because it’s a really comprehensive tour of the entire building.We start out here in the lobby which has these amazing murals that you can see behind and all around me which depict all kinds of buffalo life” Fisher said.
From the Treasury Office to the Observation Deck,you get a behind the scenes look at all the decades old building has to offer.
“The four winds that the Native Americans in this area knew of, around the door frames of the first floor corridor there are different animals carved into each of them.The walls here are limestone so you can actually see some fossils in the limestone walls here.” said Preservation Buffalo Niagara Docent Kathleen Moriarty.
Built in 1929, the building has more than seven murals,sculptures, and acoustical tiles placed within its halls.It was built at the cost of six point eight million dollars which was a large sum during the depression era.Tour guides say most people walk away with more respect for the living history they normally walk by.
“It really does give them a sense through the art and the architecture of what is the history of our community, how did we come together to form the city of Buffalo and what we have been going through ever since” said Fisher.
If you’d like to join in on a tour there’s need to sign up. Just make your way to Buffalo City Hall at noon and follow the signs.