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 Modern WNY 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 out 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.

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.


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.
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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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