Electric Tower

535 Washington St.


Hours: VIP Access: 9:00am/General Public: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Last admittance: 4:30 pm
Photography and filming allowed (no tripods, please)
Wheelchair access: First floor, Second floor and Fourteenth Floor only
Public restrooms: Yes

Offering: Self-guided tours; Birds-eye view
Specialty tour will be offered to 10 visitors at 11am and 2pm – first come, first served.

Visitor Experience: This Electric Tower was built as a showcase to the public. One of the building’s principal purposes was to serve as a promotional tool for a new technology, electricity, which in one quantum leap, forever changed the world in which we live in today. Visitors to the Electric Tower will get to experience the comprehensive renovations of this historic landmark. Named “Building of the Year” by the Greater Buffalo Building Owners and Managers Association and recipient of the Brick by Brick Award for “Best Historic Restoration,” the revitalization of the Electric Tower, as it did over 100 years ago, serves once again as a symbol of Buffalo’s renaissance and recognition as a truly great American city.

3D Currax on the fourteenth floor will be open to visitors: Open community work space for staff and contractors of 3D Currax, a 3D printing company; Tons of natural light and fantastic views of downtown’s central business district; Large conference room that is original to the building.

Building Description: One of the most recognizable buildings in the Buffalo skyline, the Electric Tower was originally opened on September 25, 1912. Designed in the Beaux Arts style by local architects Esenwein & Johnson, the building was patterned after the Tower of Light constructed for the 1901 Pan American Exposition. Iskalo Development Corp. has returned the Electric Tower to its original grandeur, including a comprehensive restoration of the entire building including its lobby, common areas, office spaces, exterior terra cotta and replacement of the building’s mechanical system with one incorporating many “Green” features. The Electric Tower combines all of the modern office amenities desired by today’s businesses, with the charm and character present only in a true landmark setting. The Electric Tower’s most important historical influence was helping to sell the public on the uses and value of electricity. In recognition of this, the Electric Tower serves the Buffalo community as the location of the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, which concludes an electrifying firework display.