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.



Drive Yourself MODern Tour is PBN’s 15-stop self-guided driving tour. From Jamestown to Niagara Falls, this tour highlights some of the
many fine examples of modern-era architecture throughout Western New York.
Don’t hesitate. Grab your keepsake map here and let PBN take the wheel.
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Delaware Acres is PBN’s premier self-guided walking tour of the neighborhoods that surround Delaware Park.
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.
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On September 10, our in-house preservation historian extraordinaire, Christiana Limniatis, will present Let’s Swim! North Tonawanda’s Memorial Pool. 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. This lecture will dive into the history of memorial pools and give you all the background on the only one in WNY.
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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