Niagara Square - Table of Contents

Buffalo State Office Building / 
Walter J. Mahoney State Office Building
(name since 1982)
65 Court St., Buffalo, NY

Erected: 1928-1932
Architects: E B. Green & Son with Albert Hart Hopkins
Style: Neoclassical Monumental
Art Deco ornamentation
Predecessor building:
Central High School
Walter Mahoney: A local powerful state legislator who served nearly 30 years. He then became a State Supreme Court judge. He died in 1982 at the age of 78.  






Central High School








Main entrance  ...  Four details below:


Detail #1
New York State motto: Excelsior, Latin for Ever Upward.
The center shield displays a masted ship and a sloop on the Hudson River (symbols of inland and foreign commerce), bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range in the background with the sun rising behind it.

Liberty and Justice support the shield and an American eagle spreads its wings above on a world globe. Liberty's left foot treads on a crown (a symbol of freedom  from the Kingdom of Great Britain). Justice is blindfolded and holds a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, symbolizing impartiality and fairness.


Detail #2
Liberty and Justice support the shield and an American eagle spreads its wings above on a world globe. Liberty's left foot treads on a crown (a symbol of freedom  from the Kingdom of Great Britain). Justice is blindfolded and holds a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, symbolizing impartiality and fairness.


Detail #3
Owls symbolize wisdom


Detail #4
The center shield displays a masted ship and a sloop on the Hudson River (symbols of inland and foreign commerce), bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range in the background with the sun rising behind it.
Liberty and Justice support the shield and an American eagle spreads its wings above on a world globe. Liberty's left foot treads on a crown (a symbol of freedom  from the Kingdom of Great Britain). Justice is blindfolded and holds a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, symbolizing impartiality and fairness.




New York State motto: Excelsior, Latin for Ever Upward.
The center shield displays a masted ship and a sloop on the Hudson River (symbols of inland and foreign commerce), bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range in the background with the sun rising behind it.
Liberty and Justice support the shield and an American eagle spreads its wings above on a world globe. Liberty's left foot treads on a crown (a symbol of freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain). Justice is blindfolded and holds a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, symbolizing impartiality and fairness.



1939 ordinance detailing the seal: “To the left center, lighthouse on pier; to the right of the lighthouse, ship with three (3) masts showing sails; to the lower right, canal boat drawn by two (2) draft animals proceeding in direction leading toward or past pier; the above, all, surrounded by a double circle and between said circles appearing the words ‘SEAL OF THE CITY OF BUFFALO.’



Bas-relief





2014 photos


Walter J. Mahoney: A local powerful state legislator who served nearly 30 years. He then became a State Supreme Court judge. He died in 1982 at the age of 78.






First floor lobby corridor



First floor lobby corridor




First floor lobby corridor  ... Light fixture detailed below:


First floor lobby corridor 






Ceiling mural:  Barge



Ceiling mural: packet boat on the Erie Canal








Photos and their arrangement 2002-2016 Chuck LaChiusa
| ...Home Page ...| ..Buffalo Architecture Index...| ..Buffalo History Index... .|....E-Mail ...| ..

web site consulting by ingenious, inc.