In the late 1970s, downtown Main Street—semi-abandoned for years thanks to urban flight—was transformed into a pedestrian thoroughfare named Buffalo Place. A sleek, above-ground section of the Metro Rail was built through its center, and slowly business began returning to the downtown.
Entering Buffalo Place from Church Street, you’ll spot the Ellicott Square Building (295 Main St.) on the southeast corner. When completed in 1896, this block-wide edifice was the world’s largest commercial office building.
Two long blocks north, at Huron Street, is the M&T Bank Gold Dome Building (Main Street at North Division, 716/852-2356). Built by Minoru Yamasaki, the architect who designed New York’s World Trade Center, the rotunda features some of the finest murals in Buffalo. On the north side is a scene depicting the city’s harbor in the 1940s; the east side shows the Seneca, headed by Red Jacket.
© Avalon Travel and Sascha Zuger from Moon New York State, 5th Edition