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Lafayette Square, Buffalo

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#8 of 11 in Parks in Buffalo
Lafayette Square is a park in the center of downtown Buffalo, Erie County, New York, United States that hosts a Civil War monument. The block, which was once square, is lined by many of the city's tallest buildings. The square was named for General Lafayette, who visited Buffalo in 1825.The square was part of the original urban plan for the city as laid out by Joseph Ellicott in 1804. Its eastern edge has long been defined by important civic structures; first, the Erie County Courthouse, followed by the original Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Presidential history was made in Lafayette Square when former United States President Martin Van Buren received the Free Soil Party nomination for the 1848 election. President-elect Abraham Lincoln also spoke at the square.Today, the square offers a clear view of Buffalo City Hall, an Art Deco building three blocks to the west. A granite Civil War monument, titled Soldiers and Sailors, gives a strong vertical and ceremonial definition to the space. Conceived by Mrs. Horatio Seymour, the monument's dedication ceremony was attended by Grover Cleveland and other prominent figures. Until 2011, Lafayette Square hosted the annual Thursday at the Square summer concert series and is occasionally the site of rallies and demonstrations.
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  • Prima facie, we see the Buffalo/NFTA Metro Station, a collection of commercial buildings and a war/martyrs' memorial here. But the significance of a French aristocrat taking active part in American Re...  more »
  • there is not much to see there.It just a small park.Place for people to sit and relax.We just took pictures at the sailor monument and wonder around Buffalo.  more »
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  • Lafayette Square is a small public green space at the eastern portion of Downtown Buffalo between the public library and the Liberty building. At the center of the park is the Soldiers and Sailors monument. The park is a great shared space, and I'm glad to see the police leaving the homeless alone during the day. The park was quite busy on a weekday afternoon, but there are plenty of seating area for everyone to just relax and chill.
  • This is a great place to just sit and relax, and read a book that you just borrowed from the Central Library. In worse times I sat here when I had no home to go lay my head. I sat there for several hours asking for answers to find me a place to live and I got NO answer. I had to find shelter at St. Luke's for a few years until I found a place. Take a good look around at the Soldiers and Sailors monument and the detail involved.
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