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South Elevation
Buffalo Savings Bank
/ Goldome / M& T Bank Branch
545 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

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South elevation

Beaux-Arts Classical style

Gold-leaf dome

Gold-leaf dome; anthemion on cornice

Brass and bronze display case pediment with decorarated tympanum

Corinthian capital

Rosettes and Festoons


Keystone capped by honeysuckle ornament

The Dome
By Tom Buckham
Reprinted from The Buffalo News, march 1, 2001

The dome is 23 feet tall and 56 feet in diameter. It is covered with 13,500 terra-cotta tiles, meticulously engineered to interlock and overlap each other. Each of the 54 rows of tile differs in size from the row above or below it, and each tile is individually imprinted with a row and cast number.

The tiles originally were overlaid with copper, which took on a greenish hue. Three times since - 1954, 1979, and 1998 - the dome was gilded with pure gold. The last restoration took required 140,000 paper-thin sheets of 23.75-carat gold leaf and cost $500,000.

See drawing of dome being constructed taken from "Tee Gold Dome: An Architectural Profile," pub. by Goldome Bank

 2012 Photos

Large background building: Bank of America

Photos and their arrangement 2002, 2012 Chuck LaChiusa
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