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10 Lafayette Square
Tishman Building Apr 12.JPG
10 Lafayette Square (left)
Alternative names Tishman Building
Hotel chain Hilton Garden Inn
General information
Status Complete
Type High-rise
Architectural style International
Address 447 Main St.
10 Lafayette Square
Town or city Buffalo, New York
Country United States
Coordinates 42°53′10.327″N 78°52′25.129″W / 42.88620194°N 78.87364694°W / 42.88620194; -78.87364694
Construction started 1958 (1958)
Completed 1959 (1959)
Inaugurated November 18, 1959 (1959-11-18)
Renovated December 2012 (2012-12)
Renovation cost $42 million
Owner Hamister Group
Affiliation Hilton Worldwide
Architectural 263 feet (80 m)
Tip 263 feet (80 m)
Roof 263 feet (80 m)
Technical details
Structural system Rigid frame
Material Concrete and glass
Floor count 20
Lifts/elevators 5
Grounds 140,000 square feet (13,000 m2)
Design and construction
Architecture firm Emery Roth & Sons
Main contractor Tishman Realty & Construction Company
Known for Former headquarters of National Fuel Gas
Renovating team
Architect Carmina Wood Morris, PC
Renovating firm Hamister Group, Inc.
Structural engineer
  • Buffalo Engineering
  • NEP Engineers
  • Studio T3
Main contractor R&P Oakhill
Awards and prizes Excellence in Historic Preservation, Preservation League of New York State
Other information
Number of rooms 124
Number of restaurants 1
Facilities 2
Tishman Building
Location New York City
Built 1959 (1959)
Architect Emery Roth & Sons
Architectural style International
NRHP reference No. 12000012
Added to NRHP February 2, 2012 (2012-14-02)

10 Lafayette Square, also known as the Tishman building, is a high-rise office tower located in Lafayette Square in Buffalo, New York. Completed in 1959, it is the thirteenth-tallest building in Buffalo, standing at 263 feet (80 m) and 20 stories tall. The building is located adjacent to the Rand Building and built in the International Style. The structural frames for the building are not steel, but concrete beams and columns. The building architects were Emery Roth & Sons of New York city.

Previous building

For 81 years (1876–1957), the six-story, cast iron, Buffalo German Insurance Company Building (a Second Empire-style office building built by Richard A. Waite) existed on current land site prior to the Tishman Building.


The Tishman building was home to the Fortune 500 company, National Fuel Gas (formerly Iroquois Gas) until 2003 when the company relocated to the Buffalo suburb of Williamsville.

In May 2011, the Amherst-based Hamister Group purchased the Tishman building. They spent $41 million renovating the building into a mixed use complex including the 123-room Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown, two floors of apartments, and three floors of office space.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012, as the Tishman Building.


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