Western New York was founded on a rich tradition of architectural experimentation that not only transformed our region but influenced modern architectural sensibilities around the world. In 2019, Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN) its first annual week (known then as Modernism Week) dedicated to celebrating the modern architecture, design, and art of the Western New York region and in 2020 it returned as ModernWNY. This year, from September 13 to September 19, ModernWNY will strive to celebrate and highlight the evolution of modernism in the area via two self-guided tours, two in-person tours, and one virtual lecture. Check out our lineup below!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara would like to thank our ModernWNY sponsors, BAC/A+P (Barbara A. Campagna/Architecture + Planning, PLLC), Big L Windows & Doors, and Clinton Brown Company Architecture, PC.

 

ModernWNY 2021 Event Lineup

Drive Yourself MODern 2021

Driving Tour (Self-Guided)

Ongoing

$25 PBN Members / $30 General Public

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PBN’s Drive Yourself MODern is a 14-stop widespread self-guided driving tour which highlights some of the many fine examples of modern-era architecture throughout Western New York.

From James H. Johnson and Tom Hamilton’s St. John the Baptist Church in Lockport to Pfohl, Roberts and Biggie’s City Court Building in Buffalo, experience a vast range of modern-era architectural styles.

Don’t hesitate. Get your travelogue and let PBN take the wheel.

 

A Modern Man: The Works of Robert T. Coles

Driving/Walking Tour (Self-Guided)

Ongoing

$25 PBN Members / $30 General Public

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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 September, get your Robert T. Coles travelogue and experience the mark that this pioneering African American architect left on our region.

 

The ABCs of Modernism

Virtual Lecture

September 13 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

$10 Suggested Donation

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On September 13, join Christiana Limniatis for the ABC’s of Modernism and learn why “B is for Brutalism”.

This virtual lecture will expand on the terminology, key people, and key places of modernism and leave you sure of why exactly:

A is for asymmetrical

C is for cantilevered projections

G is for Googie

J is for James H. Johnson

N is for New Formalism

O is for Organic houses

 

Delaware Acres

Walking Tour

September 15 | 6:00PM – 8:00PM

$20 PBN Members / $25 General Public

$10 Delaware Acres Travelogue Add-On

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Once touted by realtors for its property placements and moderate prices and considered to be the ideal location for suburban homes in the city, Delaware Acres (one of the original subdivision names for the neighborhood north of Delaware Park) is an area richly appreciated in Buffalo’s history. Join Preservation Buffalo Niagara on September 15 for this guided walking tour which will explore its beginning as a notable piece of Buffalo’s built landscape. AND, make sure to add-on a Delaware Acres Travelogue (2020) to take along with you.

Please be informed that social distancing policies will be in effect.

Modern Niagara Falls

Walking Tour

September 18 | 11:00AM – 1:00PM

$20 PBN Members / $25 General Public

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While the long historical heritage of Niagara Falls cannot be denied, Niagara Falls gained many examples of modern architecture during the city’s urban renewal efforts.

On September 18, see some of these sites such as the Carborundum Office Complex and the former Native American Center for the Living Arts with your guide Christiana Limniatis, Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s Director of Preservation Services.

Please be informed that social distancing policies will be in effect.

Interested in sponsoring ModernWNY?

Sponsorships are available in several different levels with various perks.
For more information about sponsorship click here or email tbrown@pbnsaves.org.