1 Fountain Plaza
Green & Wicks, 1901
Last Admittance: 3:30pm
Photography and Filming Not Permitted.
Fully Handicap Accessible.
Visitor Experience: The Buffalo Savings Bank opened in May 1901. The building’s signature feature is the gold-leafed dome, which measures 23 feet tall and 56 feet in diameter. It is covered with 13,500 terra-cotta tiles. The tiles have been gilded three times. The last restoration required 140.000 paper-thin sheets of 23.75-carat gold leaf at a cost of $500,000 (more than the initial cost of the building). The building contains a 9-foot clock above the main columned entrance. In 1982, the original bank building received a larger linked addition to the north side called M&T Center. In 1991, the Buffalo Savings Bank company became insolvent and was dissolved. The building currently serves as a branch of M&T Bank and has been designated a City of Buffalo Landmark.
The murals that adorn the ceilings were completed in 1926, painted by Francis, Davidson & Savage Painting Company. At the top of the dome is a quote from ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius, which reads, “Virtue is not the root, and wealth is the flower.” The golden age of Buffalo is represented with four panels: Commerce, Industry, the Arts and Power.