by Doug Sitler

electrictowerOne of the most unique looking buildings on downtown Buffalo’s skyline is The Electric Tower, located at 535 Washington Street. The pearly white terra cotta building with a 14-story octagon tower makes an indelible impression on the city’s visitors, as well as residents. The building is also significant to Buffalonians as it is the site of Buffalo’s annual downtown New Years Eve balldrop, which is one of the largest celebrations in the country. Depending on the time of year, the tower is bathed in colorful lights, often reflecting an upcoming holiday or to salute a community event or organization.

So much of the building’s identity is centered on its unique exterior, but what’s inside?

The Electric Tower is still very much a working Class A office space in downtown, so you just can’t walk in and start wandering the halls. However, it offers a very little known architectural experience. If you walk into the stunning marble lobby – which was uncovered during recent renovation – you will be completely blown away by the ornamental beauty of an architectural gem. From the floor to the ceiling, your eye will constantly be drawn to the finite detail and opulence from a bygone era. Walk straight through the lobby and you’ll discover a hallway filled with large photographs and historical documentation detailing The Electric Tower’s history. It’s a brief, but fulfilling architectural experience, that is footsteps away from the Hyatt Regency, Comfort Inn & Suites downtown, Chippewa Street, and the Buffalo Theatre District.

The Electric Tower is also one of the feature stops on the “Walk Buffalo” tour – a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown Buffalo.  The 90 minute walking tour visits over 28 sites in downtown Buffalo.

So if you’re in downtown Buffalo take a peak inside The Electric Tower for a brief encounter with Buffalo’s wonderful architecture.

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