Save Willert Park Courts/AD Price Courts

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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 Buffalo’s past. It has been announced that Willert Park/AD Price Courts will be receiving Docomomo US 2020 Modernism in American Advocacy Award

We are thrilled to share this news, Docomomo’s press release and our press release.

1. Send an email to the BMHA

2. Become a member of PBN to ensure we have the resources necessary to fight this fight!

3. Share photos or memories of Willert Park/A.D. Price Courts – are you a former resident? Contact Tabitha to share your story and make it part of our research and archives.




To read more about
Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s advocacy
for Willert Park/AD Price Courts click here.

Click here to read the letter from the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
opposing the proposed demolition of the Willert Park Courts / Alfred D. Price Courts, Buffalo, NY.









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








Current Status of the buildings inventoried in 1996

The 1850 Project


In 1996, titans of Buffalo’s preservation community, including John Conlin, Edward J. Patton, and Paul Redding, were commissioned by then Common Council President George K. Arthur to identify structures in the City of Buffalo built prior to 1860. The resulting list included approximately 215 buildings, with the oldest from 1818. PBN recently acquired this 25-year-old survey and has found that nearly 30% of the structures then identified have been lost in the intervening years. Of the remaining structures, over 80% have no formal historic designation or protection.

Current Status of the buildings inventoried in 1996


Are you looking for a way to support preservation even while social distancing? Now’s your chance to join The 1850 Project and help us research these buildings and put proper preservation protections in place!


Step 1: Fill out the form below.

Step 2: PBN staff will be in contact with all the virtual training you need to conduct and document your research from the comfort of your home.

Step 3: Go forth and research! PBN staff will be in regular contact to see how it’s going and answer any questions you might have.

Step 4: Submit your research to PBN staff for review and instructions on how to help transform your research into a landmark nomination or an eligibility review for the National Register of Historic Places.

Step 5: Revel in the satisfaction of knowing you helped protect and preserve these
irreplaceable resources. And then maybe
get started on a second property!





Historic Home Loan Fund


The Historic Home Loan Fund (HHLF) was established in 2019 to enhance PBN’s mission of historic preservation by providing financing for the preservation, improvement, restoration, and/or rehabilitation of locally designated homes in the City of Buffalo to low income homeowners. In addition to providing needed capital, the HHLF provides technical assistance to low income property owners in local historic districts.

This program has been made possible with the support of the 1772 Foundation, the Estate of Paul Maine, and an anonymous donor. If you would like to help support this program through a gift, please contact PBN.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and initial applicants will be contacted by starting June 1, 2020 with funding decisions after review by PBN staff and the HHLF Committee. Applicants are strongly urged to review the program guidelines and to consult with PBN staff before submitting an application form. Income Guidelines

1 Person Family 2 Person Family 3 Person Family 4 Person Family 5 Person Family 6 Person Family 7 Person Family 8 Person Family
$48,294 $55,194 $62,093 $68,902 $74,458 $80,013 $85,478 $91,034

To receive an application to the HHLF, please fill out the request form below. Once received, PBN staff will review and contact you with the next steps in the application process.

Application Requests will be available in Spring 2020.

Please fill out the below form for more information.