ModernWNY Event Lineup


Last year, Preservation Buffalo Niagara was proud to present its first annual Modernism Week: a week dedicated to celebrating the modern architecture, design, art, and culture of the Western New York region. This year from September 6 to September 12, our celebration returns as ModernWNY and will strive to celebrate and highlight the evolution of modernism in the area via a self-guided driving tour of Western New York, a self-guided walking tour of Delaware Acres in Buffalo, and three virtual presentations. You can check our last year’s events here.



PBN’s Drive Yourself MODern is a 15-stop widespread self-guided driving tour which highlights some of the many fine examples of modern-era architecture throughout Western New York. From Jamestown to Niagara Falls and from the Cattaraugus County Courthouse to the Skyway, experience a vast range of modern-era architectural styles.

Don’t hesitate. Grab your keepsake map here and let PBN take the wheel.
Click here.

Delaware Acres is PBN’s premier self-guided walking tour of the neighborhoods that surround Delaware Park. Realtors once touted its property placements, moderate prices, and considered it to be the ideal location for suburban homes in the city. Always an area richly appreciated in Buffalo’s history, this walking tour explores its start as a notable piece of Buffalo’s built landscape.

Get your keepsake map and put on your walking shoes and get to steppin’.
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Modern Living: Intro to Postwar Homes is a lecture that explores housing styles in a time when
the end of WWII brought drastic changes to America’s residential landscape.
Join us virtually on September 8 to learn more.
Click here to register.

Built in 1947 as a tribute to those who fought and lost their lives in World War II, North Tonawanda’s Memorial Pool is an undeniable staple amongst the modern architecture in Western New York. Dive into the history of memorial pools and learn about the background of the only one in Western New York.

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When GIs returned from World War II, they were faced with a shortage of homes. Inventor Carl Strandlund tried to solve that with a line of prefabricated enameled steel houses. This lecture will explore Lustrons, the home of the future, and all their possibilities and limitations.
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Interested in sponsoring ModernWNY? Sponsorships are available in several different levels with various perks.
For more information about sponsorship please email  


2020 Continuing Education


Need continuing education credits? Want to expand your understanding of preservation? Don’t worry, PBN is here for you! Our continuing education courses are designed to help real estate professionals, planners, and architects increase their awareness of preservation principles & best practices. All of the courses have been approved by the NYS Department of State for Real Estate Continuing Education Credit and by the Western New York Chapter of the American Planning Association for AICP Certification Maintenance credits. 

Due to COVID-19, all of the continuing education courses will occur virtually using Zoom. Once registered, participants will receive instructions of how to log-in to the meeting and access course materials.




Historic Preservation for Real Estate Professionals
Eligible Credit:
5.5 hours Real Estate CE
5.5 hours AICP CM  

A comprehensive introduction to preservation principals and best practices, common misconceptions about preservation, and tips for marketing and selling historic properties. While initially designed for real estate professionals, this five-and-one-half-hour continuing education class is relevant to anyone working in planning, architecture, development, or property management as a crash course about the basics of historic preservation needed to best work with the historic built environment. 

Cost: $50 for PBN members / $75 General Public (includes a one-year membership to PBN)

Available dates:
Saturday, September 19 – 10am – 4:30pm <–Click Here to Register
Saturday, October 24 – 10am – 4:30pm <–Click Here to Register



Rehabbing While Landmarked
Eligible Credit:
3.0 hours Real Estate CE
3.0 hours AICP CM  

This course will outline the Certificate of Appropriateness process and prevent common frustrations and pitfalls experienced by some applicants. The Rehab class is designed for an audience of real estate professionals, tradespersons, as well as property managers and owners. This three-hour course is designed to help one working in planning, architecture, development, tradespersons, or property owners or managers understand the basics of historic preservation designations and how it impacts rehabilitation projects.

Cost: $30 for PBN members / $45 General Public (includes a one-year membership to PBN)

Available dates:
Monday, September 17 – 10am – 1pm <–Click Here to Register
Saturday, October 3 – 12pm – 3pm <–Click Here to Register



Landmarking and Tax Credits: Historic Preservation Regulations & Incentives
Eligible Credit:
3.5 hours Real Estate CE
3.5 hours AICP CM  

This course will outline the basics of historic preservation designations and how to navigate the associated regulations and financial incentives. This three-and-one-half-hour course is designed to help one working in planning, architecture, development, and property management understand the basics of historic preservation designations and how they might impact owners.

Cost: $30 for PBN members / $45 General Public (includes a one-year membership to PBN)

Available dates:
Tuesday, September 29 – 10am – 1:30pm <–Click Here to Register
Saturday, October 10 – 12pm – 3:30pm <–Click Here to Register








Virtual Summer School with PBN

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Welcome to PBN’s 2020 Virtual Summer School! Below you’ll find course descriptions for this summer’s 6-part lecture series. While each course is free and open to the public (donations are encouraged and appreciated), you must pre-register for each course individually to receive the webinar log-in information.


Preservation 101 – Thursday July 2, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
This introductory course provides an overview of the history of historic preservation, discusses how preservation projects are accomplished, and explores the social, economic, & environmental benefits of preserving our historic built environment.
CLICK HERE to register for Preservation 101


Landmarks 101 – Thursday July 16, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
In this course, we’ll discuss the different types of local, State, and National level historic designations that exist, and explore the rules and regulations associated with each nomination process.
CLICK HERE to register for Landmarks 101


Landmarks 201 – Tuesday July 21, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
This course delves deeper into the different types of historic designations that exist, focusing on the regulations and financial incentives associated with each type of designation, and how property owners and community members can establish new designations.
CLICK HERE to register for Landmarks 201


Research to Landmark – Thursday July 30, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
This course will guide participants through the various tools and strategies needed to successfully research a property. Learn about the key document types to consult, key repositories to visit, and how to access building information online.
CLICK HERE to register for Research to Landmark


Owning a Landmark: Buffalo Edition – Tuesday August 4, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
Is your property locally landmarked either individually or as part of a historic district? Are you unsure of how that designation impacts you as a property owner? In this course we will focus on what a local landmark is, the goals and purpose of local level landmarking, and how local historic preservation commissions regulate changes to landmarked properties. While this course will focus on the City of Buffalo, the general themes and principles discussed will be relevant and useful to property owners in any municipality that has a local preservation ordinance.
CLICK HERE to register for Owning a Landmark: Buffalo Edition


Architectural Styles of WNY – Thursday August 13, 2020, 6:00-8:00pm
This course is a magical architectural mystery tour through over 200 years of architectural design, exploring the terminology and characteristics of the styles and types that define Western New York’s unique built environment.
CLICK HERE to register for Architectural Styles of WNY


Modern WNY

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is proud to present the Modern WNY: a celebration of modern architecture, design, art, and culture in the Western New York region. Western New York was founded on a rich tradition of architectural experimentation that not only transformed our region but influenced modern architectural sensibilities around the world. PBN’s Modern WNY will celebrate and highlight the architecture of the Modernist era throughout the region through engaging virtual tours, webinars, and two DIY driving tours.

Check back soon for more information about events!