About Rand Building
The Rand Building is a skyscraper and the third tallest building in Buffalo, New York. At the time it was built in 1929, it was the tallest in the city at a height of 391 feet (119 m). Built on the site of the 1903 Olympic Theatre, it has been suggested that the Rand Building was the inspiration for the Empire State Building. The building is named for George Rand, a prominent Buffalo financier in the 1920s. Rand helped launch radio in Buffalo when he financed WGR in 1922; today, the stations in the Regent Communications cluster (WJYE, WBLK, and WYRK) broadcast from studios in the Rand Building and have their transmitting antennas located atop its beacon. Adjacent to the Rand Building is 10 Lafayette Square in Lafayette Square.