Preservation Awards Nominations Due March 14th!

Know of a deserving preservation project, or individual who is helping to protect your community? Nominate them for a Preservation Award!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards which celebrate the best in preservation projects and education throughout Western New York.

Past Preservation Award winners have included the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Robert T. Coles, School 77, the King Urban Life Center, Turner Brothers Lofts, SACRA Construction Skills Training Program, Hamlin Park Taxpayer and Community Association, and the Silos at Elk Street. Nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards are due Monday, March 14th at 5:00pm.

Ready to apply? Download the application today.





For more information on the event or nomination process, please contact Tia Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator, at (716) 852-3300, or


The Louise Bethune Award for Outstanding Project, greater than 10,000 sq. feet

A project that embodies excellence through maintenance, stabilization, repair, planning, restoration, stewardship, adaptive re-use, or rehabilitation of our built environment.

The John E. Brent Award for Outstanding Project, less than 10,000 sq. feet

A project that embodies excellence through maintenance, stabilization, repair, planning, restoration, stewardship, adaptive re-use, or rehabilitation of our built environment including private homes.

The Robert T. Coles Award for Neighborhood Conservation

A project designed to protect or promote the preservation of a district or locality.

The Harold Ambellan Award for Preservation Craft

Superior skills or education in construction related activities applicable to the process of preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction.

The George K. Arthur Award for Preservation Leadership

Individual/organization effort in preservation through advocacy or planning activity.

The Robert J. Kresse Award for Education, Outreach, and Planning

A project or activity designed to empower community residents to participate in development decisions affecting our shared cultural heritage.

The Mary Talbert Award for Emerging Preservation Leader

This award is given to a student or early career professional who is showing promise in preservation in the next generation.


A Modern Man: The Work of Robert T. Coles



A Modern Man: The Works of Robert T. Coles

Robert Traynham Coles is known for his focus on public buildings designed to serve their local communities. From the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, modeled after an African village, to the Brutalist-style Utica metro rail station, discover the work of the master architect in this self-guided tour of 22 Coles-designed sites in WNY. During February, get your Robert T. Coles travelogue and experience the mark that this pioneering African American architect left on our region.

Throughout Black History Month, all proceeds from orders of A Modern Man: The Work of Robert T. Coles will go to the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission.

Consultant Needed to Develop PBN’s Three Year Strategic Plan

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is seeking proposals from consultants/vendors and or consulting teams who have expertise in developing and implementing a strategic planning process, with a focus on DEIA.

It is anticipated that the work associated with this project will include but not be limited to:

  • Help the organization affirm or update, if necessary, its mission, vision, and values statements;
  • Create and prioritize a reasonable 3 – 5 year work plan that helps the organization move closer to meeting its mission;
  • Assist in creating an organizationally-specific land acknowledgement statement that recognizes the importance of this place to the indigenous peoples who pre-dated European settlement and find ways to demonstrate that commitment within the strategic plan;
  • Help to create an organizationally-specific Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access statement, identify any barriers to implementing the goals of the statement, and ensure that it is intentionally reflected in the priorities identified within the strategic plan.

The anticipated project dates are:

Release of RFQ:  January 26, 2022
Deadline for Responses:  February 15, 2022
Interviews (if necessary):  Week of February 21, 2022
Consultant Selection:  February 28, 2022
Contracting:  February/March 2022
Strategic Planning Start Date:  March 14, 2022
Adoption of Strategic Plan:  October 2022

Complete application instructions can be found here.

Submission Information

Please submit a letter of interest containing the following information in the order indicated to Jessie Fisher at by February 15, 2022:

  1. Contact information (name, address, telephone, email address).
  2. Brief description of qualifications associated with undertaking the work described above (1-2 paragraphs).
  3. High-level overview of typical process associated with undertaking the work described above (1-2 paragraphs).
  4. High-level proposed timeline including milestones and projected outcomes.
  5. Estimated project cost range including hourly rate.
  6. A list of 2019 – 2021 nonprofit clients with special emphasis on preservation, community development and/or cultural and arts related work.
  7. Please indicate if you and or your sub-consultants are a MWBE certified firm.
  8. A firm profile, if available.

PBN Hiring East Side Preservation Specialist!

PBN is seeking a full-time East Side Preservation Specialist.

The East Side Preservation Specialist will report to our Director of Preservation Services. The successful candidate will be a strong team player; have a commitment to building and maintaining meaningful relationship within highly diverse neighborhoods; possess an intimate knowledge of Buffalo’s East Side and of the historical forces that have shaped its current development patterns; and strong project management skills.

The salary range for this position is $35,000 to $43,000 depending on relevant experience. PBN has generous time-off policies and a flexible work schedule, though some weekend and evenings will be required. The anticipated start date is March 1, 2022. 

Read the complete requirements for this position here.

Send a letter of interest and resume to by February 2, 2022.