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.
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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.”

Mission: PBN provides leadership in identifying, protecting and promoting the unique architecture and historic legacy of Western New York communities

Operating as usual

Ian Danic was one of our most active Modern WNY supporters as he participated in each event offered.  Modern WNY was one...
10/29/2020

Ian Danic was one of our most active Modern WNY supporters as he participated in each event offered. Modern WNY was one of the many events PBN adapted for safety reasons this year. Instead of in-person tours and events, we crafted self-guided tour brochures in-house and held virtual lectures. And, you know what? It was a hit! Of course, you don't have to take our word for it. Just be like Ian. Head over to our website right now and support PBN.

https://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppeal

10/28/2020

Another highlight from last week's virtual common council hearing on the proposed Michigan Sycamore Historic District. Common Council President Darius G Pridgen and Christiana Limniatis discuss some of the how landmarking status will and will not affect properties and renovations in the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. The application was tabled due to issues with notices sent to involved property owners. Looking forward we expect the application to be approved at the Legislation Committee’s next meeting on November 4th, and then forwarded to the Common Council for a full vote.

Happy #NationalRegister Birthday to the Allegany Council House! Located on the Seneca Nation of Indians Allegany Reserva...
10/27/2020

Happy #NationalRegister Birthday to the Allegany Council House! Located on the Seneca Nation of Indians Allegany Reservation in Cattaraugus County, New York, this property is significant at both the local and state levels for its associations with two major twentieth century events in the cultural and governmental history of the Seneca Nation. It served as the primary gathering place for regular meetings of the Seneca Council beginning in 1926. Over the next forty years, the Allegany Council House served as the governmental center of the Seneca Nation. During this time, the building served as the socio-political epicenter for two major, nearly simultaneous Seneca Nation battles: to halt the Kinzua Dam Project and to obtain the right to vote for Seneca women.

#alleganycouncilhouse #senecanation

Members are invited to join us for for our Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00pm. Don’t miss o...
10/27/2020

Members are invited to join us for for our Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00pm. Don’t miss out on our opportunity to see each others’ faces and discuss the upcoming challenges of 2021. Members will also vote to approve the election of the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Board of Trustees. Click below to reserve your spot!

https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/events/annual-meeting-2020/

Admission is free, but you must be a current PBN member to attend. Not sure if your membership is current? Email us at [email protected].

Congratulations to PBN’s own Tia Brown for being selected as a 2020 Oishei Leaders of Color Fellow! The Fellowship, a pa...
10/23/2020
Announcing the 2020 Oishei Leaders of Color Fellows – Rockwood Leadership Institute

Congratulations to PBN’s own Tia Brown for being selected as a 2020 Oishei Leaders of Color Fellow! The Fellowship, a partnership between The John R. Oishei Foundation and the Rockwood Leadership Institute, brings together nonprofit leaders of color from across the Buffalo-Niagara region to participate in Rockwood’s Art of Leadership intensive training. This is an amazing opportunity and we couldn’t be prouder. Again congrats to Tia and the other 2020 Fellows! https://rockwoodleadership.org/announcing-the-2020-oishei-fellows/

Photo by Daniel Lincoln   Durgham Alyasiri | Community Schools Zone Leader, Say Yes Buffalo Durgham is driven by his personal sense of belonging to Buffalo and desire to be an impactful leader that provides opportunities for everyone to grow, prosper, and reach their full potential as contributing ...

Help us serve the region, click here: https://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppealKatie Moriarity has been a dependable addition to th...
10/22/2020

Help us serve the region, click here: https://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppeal

Katie Moriarity has been a dependable addition to the PBN family since the day she began docenting. A current PBN board member, and founder of our EB Green Tour de Force, she always approaches us with excitement when she pitches fresh new ideas. PBN, like many organizations, is more than just its staff. Our circle of docents, board members, PBN members, and our overall community create the strength that PBN needs to best serve the region. Help us serve the region, click here: https://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppeal

10/21/2020

Was yesterday's Common Council Legislative Meeting TLDR? Or in this case watch? Here are the highlights from yesterday’s virtual common council hearing on the proposed Michigan Sycamore Historic District. While Common Council President Darius G Pridgen pledged his support for the nomination and the preservation of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor, the application was tabled due to issues with the notices sent to involved property owners. Looking forward we expect the application to be approved at the Legislation Committee’s next meeting on November 4th, and then forwarded to the Common Council for a full vote.

Members are invited to join us for our Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00pm. Don’t miss out o...
10/20/2020

Members are invited to join us for our Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:00pm. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see each others’ faces and discuss the upcoming challenges of 2021. Members will also vote to approve the election of the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Board of Trustees. Click here to reserve your spot: https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/annual-meeting-2020/

Admission is free, but you must be a current PBN member to attend. Not sure if your membership is current? Email us at [email protected].

"We understand at this moment they don’t have the money to do the full restoration, but I hope the Preservation Board wi...
10/19/2020
Preservation Board demands protection of St. John the Baptist church

"We understand at this moment they don’t have the money to do the full restoration, but I hope the Preservation Board will approve a temporary measure to address the issues today and then hold the parish accountable."
-Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services at Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

PBN’s Sacred Spaces Assistance Program (SSAP) provides technical assistance for religious and non-profit organizations to pursue a National Register listing as part of their work to preserve and rehabilitate their historic structures.

Find out more info about our Sacred Spaces Assistance Program: https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/save-a-place/sacredspaces/

What started as well-intentioned emergency repairs to a historic Black Rock church is getting very costly for the Buffalo and Clarence congregations that undertook the unauthorized work.

Today we're featuring Buffalo's Seneca One Tower! Built 1969-72, it was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as ...
10/19/2020

Today we're featuring Buffalo's Seneca One Tower! Built 1969-72, it was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as the headquarters for Marine Midland Bank. The Brutalist structure’s steel and concrete curtain-wall construction was in keeping with the trends of urban renewal. At 40 stories it is the tallest building in Buffalo and was dubbed a “vertical village.” The large plaza outside was meant to attract pedestrians to the shops and restaurant within. Formerly known as One HSBC Center, it is currently in the process of being converted to a mixed-use space, and has recently received a new paint job (not pictured).

CALL TO ACTION: On Tuesday, October 20th the City of Buffalo’s Legislation Committee will hold a public hearing on our l...
10/18/2020
Expand the Michigan Sycamore Historic District

CALL TO ACTION: On Tuesday, October 20th the City of Buffalo’s Legislation Committee will hold a public hearing on our landmark nomination to expand the Michigan-Sycamore Historic District to bring protection to more of the historic Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need you to let the Common Council know that you support this nomination, and there’s 3 ways you can do it!
1) CALL: Call Council Member Feroleto (716-851-5155) and Council President Pridgen (716-851-4980) to tell them you support this nomination and request that the Common Council votes to approve it.
2) EMAIL: Send an email to Council Member Feroleto ([email protected]) and Council President Pridgen ([email protected]) telling them about how you support the nomination.
3) SIGN: Sign on to Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s advocacy portal at http://bit.ly/Expand_MichiganSycamoreHD to automatically send an email to Council Member Feroleto and Council President Pridgen an email voicing your support of the expansion of the Michigan Sycamore Historic District so that more of this important corridor is protected with landmark status.

CALL TO ACTION: On Tuesday, October 20th the City of Buffalo’s Legislation Committee will hold a public hearing on our l...
10/16/2020
Expand the Michigan Sycamore Historic District

CALL TO ACTION: On Tuesday, October 20th the City of Buffalo’s Legislation Committee will hold a public hearing on our landmark nomination to expand the Michigan-Sycamore Historic District to bring protection to more of the historic Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need you to let the Common Council know that you support this nomination, and there’s 3 ways you can do it!
1) CALL: Call Council Member Feroleto (716-851-5155) and Council President Pridgen (716-851-4980) to tell them you support this nomination and request that the Common Council votes to approve it.
2) EMAIL: Send an email to Council Member Feroleto ([email protected]) and Council President Pridgen ([email protected]) telling them about how you support the nomination.
3) SIGN: Sign on to Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s advocacy portal at http://bit.ly/Expand_MichiganSycamoreHD to automatically send an email to Council Member Feroleto and Council President Pridgen an email voicing your support of the expansion of the Michigan Sycamore Historic District so that more of this important corridor is protected with landmark status.

Click here to support us and start working with us today: https://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppealLast year, Preservation Buffalo ...
10/15/2020

Click here to support us and start working with us today:
https://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppeal

Last year, Preservation Buffalo Niagara acquired 72 Sycamore from local developer Rocco Termini. We now have plans to rehab the building into six units of affordable housing, office space for local non-profit affordable housing specialist Heart of the City Neighborhoods, and a Preservation Resource Center space where we can hold workshops and provide educational experiences.PBN is only as effective and successful as the support we receive from members in our community.

One more reminder that you can join us tonight for our October Historic Tax Credit Workshop where we will look closer at...
10/14/2020
Historic Tax Credit Webinar – October

One more reminder that you can join us tonight for our October Historic Tax Credit Workshop where we will look closer at the application process, discuss how to use the homeowner credit if you have a rental unit in your home, and answer all of your questions. Register now.

*This is meant as a part two to our mini tax credit workshop, so make sure you head over to PBN’s YouTube account to watch.

https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/events/historic-tax-credit-webinar-october/

Did you watch our mini tax credit workshop but still have questions about finalizing your homeowner historic tax credit application? Then join us for a tax credit webinar on Wednesday, October 14th…

Get ready because starting this week our HTC workshops are officially back! Join us on October 14, this Wednesday, for o...
10/13/2020
Historic Tax Credit Webinar – October

Get ready because starting this week our HTC workshops are officially back! Join us on October 14, this Wednesday, for our October Historic Tax Credit Workshop where we will look closer at the application process, discuss how to use the homeowner credit if you have a rental unit in your home, and answer all of your questions. Register now.

*This is meant as a part two to our mini tax credit workshop, so make sure you head over to PBN’s YouTube account to watch.
https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/events/historic-tax-credit-webinar-october/

University District Community Development Association, Inc. Jamestown Renaissance Corporation North Tonawanda Historic Preservation Commission

Did you watch our mini tax credit workshop but still have questions about finalizing your homeowner historic tax credit application? Then join us for a tax credit webinar on Wednesday, October 14th…

Today's featured Mod Monday building is SUNY Fredonia's Reed Library! It is one of six buildings constructed for the cam...
10/12/2020

Today's featured Mod Monday building is SUNY Fredonia's Reed Library! It is one of six buildings constructed for the campus between 1968 and 1972 that were designed by I.M. Pei's firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. All Brutalist style, the buildings variously feature inset windows and sculptural curves. The library, low, horizontal, and massive, serves as the centerpiece. The firm also transformed the campus plan with the addition of the Ring Road and a concrete pedestrian bridge (which was later removed due to deterioration).

Fredonia

Happy #NationalRegister birthday to Old Fort Niagara! Located in Porter, NY it was listed on the National Register of Hi...
10/09/2020

Happy #NationalRegister birthday to Old Fort Niagara! Located in Porter, NY it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 9, 1960. Originally built to protect the interests of New France in North America, which explains some of the tales of it being haunted by a headless French soldier, it has now been renovated and serves as Fort Niagara State park and museum.

#oldfortniagara #newfrance #fortniagara

The Preservation League of New York State has reconfirmed its commitment to the preservation of Willert Park Courts. Joi...
10/08/2020
Save Willert Park Courts/AD Price Courts

The Preservation League of New York State has reconfirmed its commitment to the preservation of Willert Park Courts. Joining PBN and the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation in our fight to save this historic place by naming Willert Park Courts, a Seven to Save ten years ago, PLNYS has been with us from the beginning.

To read the letter they sent to the BMHA this morning, click here: http://bit.ly/PLNYSSupportLetter
To learn how you can get involved, click here: http://bit.ly/savewillertpark

Preservation Buffalo Niagara has been working hard with our community partners, including the Michigan Street Preservation Corporation, for nearly a decade to preserve this important part of Buffal…

It is officially Annual Appeal season!This year, we have all had to find a new normal. In that, Preservation Buffalo Nia...
10/08/2020
2020 Annual Appeal

It is officially Annual Appeal season!

This year, we have all had to find a new normal. In that, Preservation Buffalo Niagara has been no exception. While we stayed inside to keep our community safe, PBN solidified, adapted, and expanded our vision. Click below to read a bit about our year, share, and invest with us in our community.

http://bit.ly/PBNAnnualAppeal

Thanks to the Bauer Family Foundation, PBN has a program that can help churches with active congregations get qualified ...
10/07/2020
Sacred Spaces Assistance Program

Thanks to the Bauer Family Foundation, PBN has a program that can help churches with active congregations get qualified to access funding for building maintenance and repair. More information on the program can be found here: http://bit.ly/SacredSpacesAssistance

Western New York is home to a wealth of historic religious architecture. These significant structures are not only architectural landmarks but play an important neighborhood role by providing commu…

Our featured building today is Buffalo's John F. Kennedy Recreation Center! Designed by local architect Robert T. Coles ...
10/05/2020

Our featured building today is Buffalo's John F. Kennedy Recreation Center! Designed by local architect Robert T. Coles through the firm of Clinton B. F. Brill, this mid-century modern structure had its genesis in Coles’s master’s thesis. Coles took great care to design the building with the user experience in mind, and chose concrete for its durability. The building was constructed in 1963 as part of Buffalo’s urban renewal effort and includes a gym, indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose room, and administrative offices.

JFK Community Center-Recreation

Very proud to join with Assemblymember Ryan and Council members Rivera and Nowakowski to ensure that the people of Buffa...
10/02/2020
New advisory panel will suggest ways to strengthen Buffalo's preservation regulations

Very proud to join with Assemblymember Ryan and Council members Rivera and Nowakowski to ensure that the people of Buffalo have the voice they need to protect historic properties.

"We want to see the City of Buffalo shift its model toward a new model that will give the Preservation Board and the Common Council the time they need to

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan joined Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo C...
10/02/2020
Working Together to Develop Preservation Reforms

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan joined Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Common Council Members David Rivera and Mitch Nowakowski as well as members of a newly established Blue Ribbon Commission on Historic Preservation that has been put together by state and city leaders to discuss preservation regulations in the City of Buffalo. This Commission will examine possible changes to the existing process of applying for a demolition permit and consider how development can be encouraged while keeping the historic integrity of the City of Buffalo.

Read our PBN's remarks below and the press release here:
http://bit.ly/PreservationReforms

https://preservationbuffaloniagara.org/blog-post/preservationreforms/

BUFFALO – Friday, October 2, 2020, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan joined Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Common Council Members David Rivera and Mit…

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