Preservation Buffalo Niagara in the News- Williamsville Editorial

Below is an excerpt from an editorial letter from the Buffalo News published on  February 24, 2023. We are elated that Williamsville has created a historic district, and the reverence of our report “Everyone’s Heritage: The Impacts of Historic Preservation in Buffalo,” shows how beneficial historic districts and preservation can be for an area!

“The 13 structures in the district include the water mill, itself, which was constructed by the village’s founder, Jonas Williams, in 1811 and is located off Main Street along East Spring Street and Ellicott Creek. The district runs along Main Street, from Rock Street east to the pedestrian entrance to Glen Park, with the properties dating from 1811 to 1949.

Individual structures include the Eagle House restaurant, Moor Pat tavern, and Share Kitchen & Bar Room, which are among the village’s oldest commercial structures; there are also non-contributing buildings in the district that don’t share the designation. Preservation designation in Williamsville can include buildings that are 50 years old or older; their interest to preservationists depends on architectural style as well as historic factors.

It’s perplexing that the creation of the district met with as much opposition as it did. Clearly, there needs to be more education about preservation’s surprising benefits. Skeptics could start by reading a recent report commissioned by Preservation Buffalo Niagara, “Everyone’s Heritage: The Impacts of Historic Preservation in Buffalo,” which presents clear data supporting its conclusions that the economic benefits of maintaining a historic built environment include job creation and population growth as well as higher property values. The report is easily accessible at”


To read the full article visit the Buffalo News website.

Intern with Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Intern with Preservation Buffalo Niagara

2023 summer intern positions are now open for those seeking to gain experience in a non-profit setting or an opportunity to learn how historic preservation works in a real-world setting. PBN internships are a great opportunity for students in a variety of fields, especially those in historic preservation, architectural history, architecture, urban planning, communications, or non-profit management. Internships are awarded after an application and interview process.

For more information, and qualifications read the form here – 2023 Summer Internship


Preservation Buffalo Niagara wishes our Executive Director Jessie Fisher well as she prepares to step down as PBN’s Executive Director to take on the Executive Director role at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House.

“Jessie has built a strong team at PBN over the last six years,” said Margie Pawloski, Chair of the PBN Board of Trustees. “We are confident that there will be no disruptions in programming or services while we conduct a search for our next Executive Director. We look forward to continuing our important work, which underscores how important preservation is in building a stronger, more equitable, more sustainable Western New York.”

In the coming days, PBN will issue more information on the timeline for putting new leadership in place. In the meantime, you can support her 6-year legacy by donating to our annual appeal, and continue to access all of our services by following us on social media or by going to our website

East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Funding Applications due December 2, 2022


In Autumn 2022, Preservation Buffalo Niagara is proud to partner with Empire State Development (ESD) to offer another round of funding through our East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund.

Click here to learn more about the East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund.

Applications for the current round of funding through the East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund are due by 5:00PM on Friday, December 2, 2022. Click the picture below or visit to review and submit an application.