Dedicated in 1932, Buffalo City Hall is one of the tallest and most imposing municipal buildings in America. It’s also one of the prettiest, thanks to its Art Deco detailing. When you first walk in, you’ll be confronted by William de Leftwich Dodge’s intense Frontiers Unfettered by Any Frowning Fortress mural in the grand lobby; it depicts Buffalo as the international gateway to Canada. From there, take one of the creaky old elevators with the ornately gilded doors to the 25th floor, then climb three flights by foot to reach the building’s enclosed observation deck. A 360-degree view of the city, Lake Erie, and Niagara River awaits. On your way down, make a quick stop on the 13th floor. This is the Common Council Chambers, home to a stunning skylit stained-glass ceiling mosaic and a #lookup moment to end all #lookup moments.
The observation deck is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and closed on weekends. It is free to visit.
65 Niagara Sq., Buffalo, NY; 716-851-4200.