Tesla's Terminal A


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Photo credit: Buffalo News, Buffalo Rising


2280 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
SBL: 77.72-1-4
North Council District
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Bill Zimmerman and Paul Tsouflidis per Buffalo Rising 2015
ZIM ZEN MANAGEMENT, INC., MIKULEC CONRAD S per City of Buffalo Property Information
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Physical Description

Two story brick building

Current Condition

Unused, in need of restoration.


  • "The world’s first Bulk Power Transmission Receiving Station, which allowed Tesla’s three-phase alternating AC electrical transmission to travel and deliver electricity over long distances." Buffalo Rising
  • "Terminal A received electrical transmission from the Adams Power Station in Niagara Falls, and was the critical midpoint electrical transformer station to conduct delivery to Buffalo, particularly the Pan American Exposition. Terminal A contained transmission equipment for overhead high voltage and outgoing lower voltage underground cables and it was the sole distribution point of Niagara Falls electricity within the City of Buffalo until Terminal Station B was built at Niagara and Busti in 1906 to supply the southern half of the City." Buffalo Rising
  • Terminal A’s historic significance was to prove that Tesla’s three phase AC electrical transmission to travel and deliver electricity over long distances was qualified as safe, efficient, and successful, thus adding credit to Tesla’s bid in winning the “War of Currents” over Edison’s DC transmission." Buffalo Rising

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • May 2012 - The Buffalo Common Council declared 2280 Niagara Street to be classified as “an important area historical landmark site" Buffalo Rising
  • Building purchased by local businessmen Bill Zimmerman and Paul Tsouflidis
    • Spring 2016 - "Zimmerman proposes Tesla city, a three-phase three-year project to turn Terminal A into an interactive museum complex, including a Tesla-themed brewery and beer garden restaurant" Buffalo Rising

Other Pertinent Facts


  • The owners of the building are asking $350K. Listed via Caitlin Coder, Hastings + Cohn Real Estate, Cell 716-548-0267, Office 716-886-3325.


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Added 2016-01-04 • Last changed 2018-07-09