Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Preservation Buffalo Niagara is dedicated to utilizing historic preservation to advance Buffalo and its region. Building on our past to benefit our future, we offer issue support and advocacy as well as education and tour services.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is a membership organization with over 850 individual and family members, plus civic, foundation and corporate supporters. Preservation Buffalo Niagara is an organization that is building upon the 30-year history of its predecessor organizations, the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier and the Preservation Coalition of Erie County. Building on our past to benefit our future, we offer issue support and advocacy as well as education and tour services.”
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Juneteenth is still happening! Sankofa Days start now. Sankofa means "to go back and get". Juneteenth uses this time to ...
06/06/2020

Juneteenth is still happening! Sankofa Days start now. Sankofa means "to go back and get". Juneteenth uses this time to reflect on issues that affect the community. Today you can attend a “Regional Roundtable”, hosted by Ras Jomo Akona with special guest, Prof. Gloria Browne-Marshall – via Zoom, but will be broadcast over social media platforms. Be sure to follow Juneteenth Buffalo on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

#juneteenth #buffalojuneteenth #sankofa

06/05/2020
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Happy #NationalRegister birthday to the Deveaux School Historic District! Located outside Niagara Falls, NY, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on June 5, 1974. In the 1850s Judge Samuel DeVeaux of Niagara Falls left funds for a school in his will, to be known as the DeVeaux College for Orphans and Destitute Children. The campus emulated New England boarding schools, but remained a charitable institution until 1910. It closed in 1971 after the diminishment of the prep school market. The New York State Historic Preservation Office acquired the property in 2001, and it is now De Veaux Woods State Park. Schoellkopf Hall (pictured), built in 1929, is the only one of the Gothic-style buildings that remain.

Looking to support black-owned businesses for your repair project? Erie County maintains a list of Minority and Women-ow...
06/05/2020

Looking to support black-owned businesses for your repair project? Erie County maintains a list of Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) at https://www2.erie.gov/eeo/index.php?q=dual-mbewbe-resource-list, and there are also directories maintained by members of the public, such as That Brown Bag.

Buffalo’s got a building designed by and named for the founder of this style—take a guess and then swipe to the end to s...
06/04/2020

Buffalo’s got a building designed by and named for the founder of this style—take a guess and then swipe to the end to see if you got it! Henry Hobson Richardson (who you may have learned about in Christy’s Stick & Shingle style walking tour) died in 1886, but his version of the Romanesque style caught on in the following years. Its grandeur and dominance make it particularly suitable for public buildings, but it also allowed rich folks to almost literally make their homes their castles.

#gettoknow #richardsonromanesque

PBN Executive Director Jessie Fisher speaks out about why there doesn't need to be a "compromise" between preservationis...
06/03/2020
Preservationists pave the way for a stronger Buffalo

PBN Executive Director Jessie Fisher speaks out about why there doesn't need to be a "compromise" between preservationists and developers:

These tropes are not only old and tired, but they reflect a way of thinking that has damaged some neighborhoods and nearly destroyed others, and which have proved to be the antithesis of good urban design and healthy economic development. Rather, investment in historic preservation has been proved – in Buffalo and beyond – to be the very core of healthy and sustainable growth.

Read the full letter here: https://buffalonews.com/2020/06/02/preservationists-pave-the-way-for-a-stronger-buffalo/

PDF: https://bit.ly/301gOgN

By Jessie Fisher Recently, The Buffalo News' editorial board published an opinion calling preservationists and developers “zealots” in ne...

There's no better time than now to tell us the changes you would like to see. If you live on the West Side, take this su...
06/03/2020
Grant Street Consumer Survey

There's no better time than now to tell us the changes you would like to see. If you live on the West Side, take this survey, and talk to us about Grant Street.

https://bit.ly/2XcefGU

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is conducting a consumer survey for Grant Street. We greatly appreciate your time and effort in filling out the following questions. If you have any questions about this survey or would like to participate in the business owner/stakeholder survey, please reach out to Bri...

Happy Pride!PBN’s newest blog series is dedicated to celebrating and learning more about the historic LGBTQ landmarks of...
06/02/2020

Happy Pride!

PBN’s newest blog series is dedicated to celebrating and learning more about the historic LGBTQ landmarks of Western New York. With this space we will highlight the work of Dr. Iovannone and other guest writers to provide insight to the LGBTQ history associated with our existing historic built environment- narratives which are frequently forgotten, ignored, or purposely left out.

Have a look: https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/blog-post/gay-places-with-dr-jeff-69-johnson-park/

PBN's Statement in Response to Protests. Please Read.Like so many of you, we here at PBN watched with heavy hearts the e...
06/01/2020
Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s Statement in Response to Protests

PBN's Statement in Response to Protests. Please Read.

Like so many of you, we here at PBN watched with heavy hearts the events that unfolded in Minneapolis last week. While it was horrifying to learn of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, it was not unfortunately a shocking event but rather the latest moment in our nation’s history of violence toward people of color.

And of course, it was natural that Buffalo would join in on the protest. Buffalo has its own complicated racial history. We rightly celebrate our role in the journey to freedom and equality, from our Underground Railroad legacy, the founding of the Niagara Movement, and our African American community’s contributions to civil rights, art, literature, music, architecture, academia, and culture. But we must never lose sight of the darker side of our journey. Buffalo’s current reality is shaped – physically and culturally – by a deep history of racism and racial segregation. Today the legacy of racist government and banking policies and practice, of redlining, of racially motivated disinvestment, has resulted in vast inequalities in housing, education, and quality of life among our citizens.

Of course, as preservationists, it is hard to watch images of destruction of historic property, but we remind our members that we care about the buildings because we care about the people. The people who built them, the people who occupy them, the people whose story they help to tell, and the people who will occupy them in the future. In that spirit, we remember that buildings can be repaired, while loss of life cannot be fixed.

As we determine how to go forward from this moment, PBN believes that historic preservation has an important role to play in helping to bridge inequalities and build understanding within our community. We are committed to ensuring that our work reflects the full and complicated story of our entire community and all of those who have helped to build it. From helping to preserve the places that are the embodiment of specific important events and people, to helping to empower existing communities to tell their own stories and protect their own legacies, to continuing to educate people about the history that brought us to the current moment, we will continue our work, and we will redouble our efforts to ensure that our own work is intentionally committed to dismantling the racist systems we all find ourselves within.

#blacklivesmatter

#blackhistorymatters

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Like so many of you, we here at PBN watched with heavy hearts the events that unfolded in Minneapolis last week. While it was horrifying to learn of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police…

Are you as outraged as we are by this inane editorial in the Buffalo News that revives the tired old trope that somehow ...
05/29/2020
Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Are you as outraged as we are by this inane editorial in the Buffalo News that revives the tired old trope that somehow preservationists are obstructionists and that we need to compromise more to let certain short sighted developers tear down what makes our community special? We’ve already sent in our letter to the editor, you can (and should!) send in yours to: [email protected]. Points you might want to make:
-Preservation based development has brought a billion dollars of direct investment into WNY;
-Investment in preservation projects creates 20% more jobs than investment in new construction;
-Studies have shown that Buffalo’s neighborhoods with older smaller buildings house more start ups, more women and minority owned business, and attract younger demographics.

Preservation IS development. Demolition is not.

Are you as outraged as we are by this inane editorial in the Buffalo News that revives the tired old trope that somehow ...
05/29/2020
Middle ground needed in developers vs. preservationists

Are you as outraged as we are by this inane editorial in the Buffalo News that revives the tired old trope that somehow preservationists are obstructionists and that we need to compromise more to let certain short sighted developers tear down what makes our community special? We’ve already sent in our letter to the editor, you can (and should!) send in yours to: [email protected]. Points you might want to make:
-Preservation based development has brought a billion dollars of direct investment into WNY;
-Investment in preservation projects creates 20% more jobs than investment in new construction;
-Studies have shown that Buffalo’s neighborhoods with older smaller buildings house more start ups, more women and minority owned business, and attract younger demographics.

Preservation IS development. Demolition is not.

For decades, Buffalo has been fighting over tearing down buildings. There are zealots on both sides – people who believe buildings should...

Many people are talking about how we want the world around us change. If you live on the West Side, we want to hear from...
05/29/2020
Grant Street Consumer Survey

Many people are talking about how we want the world around us change. If you live on the West Side, we want to hear from you and that perspective. Please take the survey:

https://bit.ly/2XcefGU

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is conducting a consumer survey for Grant Street. We greatly appreciate your time and effort in filling out the following questions. If you have any questions about this survey or would like to participate in the business owner/stakeholder survey, please reach out to Bri...

Did you find a broken floor board on your porch when you were cooking out last weekend? In this video, This Old House wa...
05/29/2020

Did you find a broken floor board on your porch when you were cooking out last weekend? In this video, This Old House walks through the repair steps. Give Niemiec Lumber at 800 Grant Street in Buffalo a call at 716-884-6990 with your measurements for a curbside pickup or delivery right to your home!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRR27lR5l4E

#FixItFriday

UPDATE: The Buffalo Preservation Board has tabled the demolition application for 74 Lemon because of the overwhelming pu...
05/28/2020

UPDATE: The Buffalo Preservation Board has tabled the demolition application for 74 Lemon because of the overwhelming public comment in opposition of the demolition and because of questions about the ownership status. This fight is not over! We need YOU to contact Council President Darius G. Pridgen at [email protected] to voice your opposition of this demolition and to encourage the City to find an alternative, non-demolition path for 74 Lemon Street.

While the reign of England’s Queen Anne ended in 1714, long before this style arrived in the US, we still think it’s fit...
05/28/2020

While the reign of England’s Queen Anne ended in 1714, long before this style arrived in the US, we still think it’s fit for a queen! Queen Anne style was popularized by pattern books, which depicted pre-designed houses anyone could commission from their local home-builder. This process was made extra smooth by the railroad system, which made it possible to ship pre-cut house pieces all over the country. Raise your hand if you wish we still built our homes this way!

#queenannestyle #gettoknow

Tomorrow, May 28th the Buffalo Preservation Board will be holding their first virtual meeting. On the agenda is the demo...
05/27/2020

Tomorrow, May 28th the Buffalo Preservation Board will be holding their first virtual meeting. On the agenda is the demolition of 74 Lemon Street, a c.1865 Italianate Worker’s Cottage in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood. PBN strongly opposes this demolition application and calls on the Preservation Board to work with the City to find an alternative, non-demolition path for 74 Lemon Street. You can read our full statement at https://bit.ly/NoDemo74Lemon. To learn more about this demolition application and how to voice your opposition, you can access the meetings agenda at https://bit.ly/May28_PresBoard

Don't forget! PBN still wants to hear from our friends on the West Side of Buffalo. As solo-walking has increased lately...
05/27/2020

Don't forget! PBN still wants to hear from our friends on the West Side of Buffalo. As solo-walking has increased lately, what are you seeing that you never noticed before? What have you learned to appreciate having within walking distance? This contest is based on The Jane's Walk movement which honors and activates the ideas of Jane Jacobs, and encourages an environment where people choose to walk, not merely as a recreational option, but as a viable and enjoyable way to carry out basic everyday tasks, improve health and increase social cohesion.

For info about how to submit and how to win a $20 gift certificate to the West Side Bazaar visit our website:
https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/what-we-do/grant-st/#Jane

#westside #janeswalk

05/26/2020
NYS Historic Preservation Plan

New York State's Preservation Office (SHPO) is working on updating the New York State Historic Preservation Plan. With an updated 2021-2025 Preservation Plan, SHPO is looking to create a forward-thinking document that outlines measurable goals and realistic objectives that advance the field of preservation and historic site management locally, regionally, and statewide. Especially in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, looking into the future is more important than ever. Preservation needs to be part of the discussion for the recovery process. Place is important. Walkable neighborhoods matter. The rehabilitation of historic building stock will put people back to work. As such, SHPO invites you to be part of the planning process!

First, watch SHPO's webinar here: https://youtu.be/-6xdNCCEs1I

Then complete their online New York State Historic Preservation Colleague Survey: https://bit.ly/2LWSxAl

DRUM ROLL...It's #FIXITFRIDAY! And, porch season is here at last! But what if you do not have a porch? With a few steps,...
05/22/2020

DRUM ROLL...It's #FIXITFRIDAY! And, porch season is here at last! But what if you do not have a porch? With a few steps, you can turn a simple stoop into a summer oasis. Great Memorial Day weekend project! Call your local garden center, like Dibble True Value Hardware (716-883-8787) to put in an order for some plants and pots for curbside pick up today!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zks0q417jBM

And now it’s your chance to Get to Know Second Empire Style! When buildings of this style started popping up, they were ...
05/21/2020

And now it’s your chance to Get to Know Second Empire Style! When buildings of this style started popping up, they were considered VERY modern as they were inspired not by architecture of the past, but by brand new French building fashions. The style even takes its name from that era of French history, the Second Empire, meaning the regime of Napoleon III from 1852-1870.

#gettoknow #secondempire

Next City asserts that Local Economy Preservation Fund can help to avoid precious local businesses being closed, or lost...
05/20/2020

Next City asserts that Local Economy Preservation Fund can help to avoid precious local businesses being closed, or lost to absentee, corporate owners. Right now is a crucial time to help small local businesses any way we can. Full article here: https://bit.ly/2LJIrmk

Also, be sure to take our Grant Street Planning Survey to share your thoughts about protecting local businesses: http://bit.ly/GrantSt2020

Historic research will turn up all sorts of interesting things you weren't looking for, like this article Tabitha discov...
05/19/2020

Historic research will turn up all sorts of interesting things you weren't looking for, like this article Tabitha discovered while doing research for #The1850Project! While this 1900 Buffalo Enquirer story of a woman taking an unattended cab for a drive is reported as a humorous anecdote, it underscores the inequality of the era’s legal system. “Disorderly conduct” was an umbrella term that, under a New York State law enacted in 1860, applied to any behavior causing “a breach of the peace.” What constituted such a breach was up to the magistrate—which meant the law could be applied to punish any public behavior deemed unfitting for a woman. And while a fine of $10 sounds negligible, $10 in 1900 is actually equal to about $300 today.

For whatever reason, Beatrice decided that a brief stint as a cab driver was worth the risk. We hope she continued to live a #boldbadlife.

Just look at our sweet precious Eliza Quirk Boarding House. She's so pretty and has such a bright future ahead. She will...
05/18/2020

Just look at our sweet precious Eliza Quirk Boarding House. She's so pretty and has such a bright future ahead. She will be rehabbed into three units of affordable housing and office space for local non-profit Heart of the City Neighborhoods. And that couldn't have happened without the funds that PBN receives from membership, tours, and donations.

If you can, please click the link to learn more and give: https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/blog-post/spring-appeal-2020/

#springappeal #pbnsaves

05/17/2020

Happy #NationalRegister birthday to Christ Episcopal Church in Belvidere! Located in Allegany County, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1974. Its style is Gothic Revival (which you may recognize from one of our recent “Get to Know Architectural Styles” posts), specifically the variant called Carpenter Gothic. A granddaughter of Angelica Schuyler of Hamilton fame helped raise funds for its 1860 construction. At this time, Belvidere was a busy crossroads community full of railroads, sawmills, hotels, and a cheese factory. The church ceased regular services in the 1930s and is now being adapted into a museum and community center called the Belvidere Cornerstone.

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