Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chambers Restoration

Buffalo, NY, USA
Year Completed
Building Type
13,000 sq. ft.
City of Buffalo

HHL Architects designed this restoration, which is located on the 13th floor of the National Register-listed Buffalo City Hall building, built in 1929. The deterioration included a broken leaking skylight, cracked Guastavino masonry, an archaic sound system which obscured original stone carving, crumbling plaster, peeling paint, laminate covered original inlaid paneling and millwork, scarred flooring, a broken art glass skylight and broken glass in original light fixtures.

Restoration included the inner sunburst decorative glass ceiling; plaster ceiling and grillwork; the hand painted Guastavino ceiling; historic light fixtures and introduction of a concealed sound system; the “Acoustolith” wall system and decorative gold leaf; stone work and promenade cork flooring; new cork flooring on the stairs and arena level matching original; wood spectator seating, and carved walnut entrances; inlaid woodwork at dais, desks and arena wall, and a new insulated glass outer skylight.