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Fountain Plaza

Fountain Plaza
Main Street between Chippewa and Huron Streets

Fountain Plaza was part of the 1980s restoration of Downtown Buffalo including Metro Rail, the pedestrian/transit mall and a new office district in the Main and Genesee Streets area. Starting with conversion of the aging Genesee Building into the Hyatt Hotel, the new district included three bank headquarters buildings, now home to M&T Center (with its historic gold dome), Bank of America and 50 Fountain Plaza and three public spaces - Roosevelt Plaza, Fountain Plaza and the elevated plaza at M&T Center. With assistance from adjacent properties, award winning designers and the Main-Genesee Urban Design Task Group, the City of Buffalo developed an urban design plan for a public activity space with outdoor ice-skating, a sizable reflecting pool and a signature fountain that provided the identity for the whole Fountain Plaza development. Fountain Plaza was dedicated in November 1991.