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Buffalo's City Hall: No. 2 most beautiful in the US?

If you've ever been to City Hall, you've probably noticed what an architectural gem the building truly is.

But now people outside of Buffalo know it, too. has listed the building as one of the 10 most beautiful city halls in the nation. The online publication, an arm of Vox Media, ranked Buffalo second to Austin, Texas.

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Buffalo's Art Deco City Hall was completed in 1931. At 398 feet high from the street to the top of the tower, it is one of the tallest municipal office buildings in the United States. It has 32 stories, 26 of which are usable office space.

Here's some of what Curbed had to say about Buffalo:

"This City Hall demonstrates two important aspects of the Art Deco movement: its emphasis on ornamentation and the practicality of its execution. For example, the building's 1,520 windows all open inward so that the windows can be cleaned from the inside – essentially making window washers obsolete."

In 1999, Buffalo City Hall was placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The varied list spans both architectural styles and timeframes, and it also prioritized buildings outside of Washington, D.C., in order to highlight lesser-known structures, the website stated.

Other cities represented on the informal list include San Francisco, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.

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