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Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
One of the many animals carved into the stonework in the chamber.
From the City’s web site:

What is further expected from the Council is represented by the use of animals and bird life. Examples of these are the faithfulness of the dog, the courage of the lion, the sacrifice of the pelican and the forcefulness of the hawk.

Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

One of the many animals carved into the stonework in the chamber.

From the City’s web site:

What is further expected from the Council is represented by the use of animals and bird life. Examples of these are the faithfulness of the dog, the courage of the lion, the sacrifice of the pelican and the forcefulness of the hawk.

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Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
The chamber has its original seats, which BTW, I could not fit into. I sort of sat sidewalks as the guide talked.
From the City’s web site:

When City Hall was designed and later opened, the fashions of the day favored men’s hats. The derby and bowler influenced the City Hall planners to the degree that every chair in the Council Chamber was equipped with a hat holder under the seat.

Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

The chamber has its original seats, which BTW, I could not fit into. I sort of sat sidewalks as the guide talked.

From the City’s web site:

When City Hall was designed and later opened, the fashions of the day favored men’s hats. The derby and bowler influenced the City Hall planners to the degree that every chair in the Council Chamber was equipped with a hat holder under the seat.

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Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
Part of the half-circle of wall where paintings of former city mayors are displayed. The wall is acoustic tile and adds to the chamber’s excellent acoustics.
From the City’s web site:

The Council Chamber is probably one of the finest Chambers of its kind in the country. The woodwork is inlaid with American Walnut. The Chamber can seat 383 people. The room is acoustically treated making the room perfect in the way of sound, even without a microphone.

Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

Part of the half-circle of wall where paintings of former city mayors are displayed. The wall is acoustic tile and adds to the chamber’s excellent acoustics.

From the City’s web site:

The Council Chamber is probably one of the finest Chambers of its kind in the country. The woodwork is inlaid with American Walnut. The Chamber can seat 383 people. The room is acoustically treated making the room perfect in the way of sound, even without a microphone.

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Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New YorkPhoto by Wendy Darling
My picture doesn’t do it anything like justice — this is a huge, gorgeous, stained glass skylight that lights the whole room. There are electric lights, yes, but seriously, the light cast down by this built-in feature is impressive.
From the City’s web site:

As you enter the Chamber, it is very difficult not to be taken with the bright ceiling, which is a very large stained glass window. This window is another example of Indian artistry and is in the form of a sunburst. The sunburst is representative of the crowning glory and the blessing of heaven City government. The greatest portion of lighting in this room is concealed and due to the use of prismatic glass in the sunburst, the lighting from this beautiful piece of art is diffused in such a way that no shadow is thrown anywhere in the room.

Just above the electric lights, not really shown here:

Below the sunburst, carved into the walls, appears to the legend “The People’s Councilors Reflect the People’s Will.” This was meant to be a daily reminder to those who enter the chamber of their purpose.

Common Council Chambers, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, New York
Photo by Wendy Darling

My picture doesn’t do it anything like justice — this is a huge, gorgeous, stained glass skylight that lights the whole room. There are electric lights, yes, but seriously, the light cast down by this built-in feature is impressive.

From the City’s web site:

As you enter the Chamber, it is very difficult not to be taken with the bright ceiling, which is a very large stained glass window. This window is another example of Indian artistry and is in the form of a sunburst. The sunburst is representative of the crowning glory and the blessing of heaven City government. The greatest portion of lighting in this room is concealed and due to the use of prismatic glass in the sunburst, the lighting from this beautiful piece of art is diffused in such a way that no shadow is thrown anywhere in the room.

Just above the electric lights, not really shown here:

Below the sunburst, carved into the walls, appears to the legend “The People’s Councilors Reflect the People’s Will.” This was meant to be a daily reminder to those who enter the chamber of their purpose.

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