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Detail, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Here we have the center of the frieze. 
According to the tour guide, who was great, the center of the frieze depicts Buffalo as a goddess stamping out vice (the snake) and standing on foundation of agriculture and electricity. To her left, representation of poets and architects, to her right, an immigrant family.
Further information from a 2003 Buffalo Arts Commission survey, which BTW, notes that the frieze is in “very poor condition,” although from far away I couldn’t see any issues:

Title: City Hall Frieze, EastArtist: Albert StewartDate:  1931
Medium: Limestone Relief on Architectural FriezeCategory: Relief
Height: 12 ft.Width: 100 ft.
Description: The nine groups of figures located above the building’s main entrance emblem Buffalo. Depicted from left to right are three electricians and dynamo, two chemists and equipment, two iron/steel workers and riveted metal, two men with books and documents, a crowned figure on a thrown flanked by various symbols, a married couple with child, two dockworkers and gear, two scholars and books, and a locomotive engineer, ship captain, and aviator.
Biographic Info:The figures (from left to right) symbolize electrical energy, science and medicine, building and growth, knowledge between generations, government and historical record, value of family, water commerce, law and education, and transportation.

Detail, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Here we have the center of the frieze. 

According to the tour guide, who was great, the center of the frieze depicts Buffalo as a goddess stamping out vice (the snake) and standing on foundation of agriculture and electricity. To her left, representation of poets and architects, to her right, an immigrant family.

Further information from a 2003 Buffalo Arts Commission survey, which BTW, notes that the frieze is in “very poor condition,” although from far away I couldn’t see any issues:

Title: City Hall Frieze, East
Artist: Albert Stewart
Date:  1931

Medium: Limestone Relief on Architectural Frieze
Category: Relief

Height: 12 ft.
Width: 100 ft.

Description: 
The nine groups of figures located above the building’s main entrance emblem Buffalo. Depicted from left to right are three electricians and dynamo, two chemists and equipment, two iron/steel workers and riveted metal, two men with books and documents, a crowned figure on a thrown flanked by various symbols, a married couple with child, two dockworkers and gear, two scholars and books, and a locomotive engineer, ship captain, and aviator.

Biographic Info:
The figures (from left to right) symbolize electrical energy, science and medicine, building and growth, knowledge between generations, government and historical record, value of family, water commerce, law and education, and transportation.

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