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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.  




2002 Photos


Centrral High School

















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.






Art Deco  bas relief



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.



Art Deco  bas relief



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.’ ”



Art Deco  bas relief





2014 photos


Wlater 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.






Ceiling mural



Ceiling mural



Ceiling mural detail




Photos and their arrangement 2002, 2014 Chuck LaChiusa
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