Preservation Awards

Hotel Henry, Richardson Olmsted Complex, Buffalo NY, Architect: Deborah Berke Partners. Photo credit: Christopher Payne.


Congratulations to all of our 2018 Preservation Award winners!

We received so many great nominations this year and are excited to celebrate our awardees on May 22nd, 2018 at 6 pm at The Saturn Club. Purchase your tickets today! For more information on sponsorships, the award winners, or the events, please contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost at (716) 852-3300, or

2018 Preservation Awards

Project of Distinction – Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Campus

180,000SF of the National Historic Landmark Richardson Olmsted Campus has been transformed into the Hotel Henry, an 88-room urban resort that celebrates the history and architecture of the monumental structure designed by the H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted using the Thomas Kirkbride plan. The project brings new life to a long-abandoned architectural masterpiece, originally designed as the Buffalo Asylum for the Insane, adding to the revitalization of the city and reinforcing Buffalo as a center of great American design. The exterior has been rehabilitated with new roofs, restored windows, and restored masonry. Inside, the scale and grandeur of Richardson’s design is respected, while discreet additions and subtractions transform the building for new uses of a hotel, conference center, restaurant and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Center.

Outstanding Commercial Project – Evergreen Lofts

In Buffalo, Evergreen Health purchased a vacant warehouse to convert into needed affordable housing. The design preserves much of the original 1901 structure, including exposed wood beams, exposed brick, and the main stairwell. Repairs were made to exterior masonry and the timber frame. All windows were replaced with historically correct metal clad wooden windows. Energy‐conserving HVAC, appliances and light fixtures, water‐conserving plumbing fixtures, and green label certified flooring were added. Low/no‐VOC paints, adhesives, and sealants were used. In all, 56 energy‐efficient apartments were created, along with laundry facilities, community room, elevator, storage areas, offices and service/maintenance areas. A new lobby, main entrance, exterior canopies and private courtyard complete the aesthetic. The resulting Evergreen Lofts is the first housing complex of its kind in WNY, providing safe, long‐term, affordable housing to Buffalonians struggling with homelessness. The Lofts is an open and affirming housing development which welcomes members of Buffalo’s LGBTQ community and those living with and managing chronic disease, including HIV. And an iconic building has been restored into a beautiful apartment community, giving new life to a corner of a neighborhood that had been mostly‐vacant for nearly a decade, and new hope to an often‐overlooked segment of the community.

Outstanding Commercial Project – The Sinclair

The Sinclair, an adaptive re-use, consists of 45 residential units, 10,000 sq. ft. office space, and 2,000 sq. ft. of retail space. Ciminelli Real Estate and CJS’s vision for the building captures its rich history and character, while also complementing Buffalo’s resurgence and growing population. The residents support Buffalo’s entertainment, education and professional development by stimulating the economy, creating pedestrian traffic, and participating in a true urban culture. Homesteaders of a new age, these young professionals and empty-nesters are breaking new ground and bringing new life to the city. In addition, commercial tenants have found the central location and high visibility a benefit to their businesses, while contributing to the energized and active Central Business District. The building was constructed in 1909 for Sinclair, Rooney & Co., a popular milliner at the time.

Outstanding Residential Project – Buffalo Harmony House, 3 St. John’s Place

Nestled in Buffalo’s historic Allentown district, this corner property built in 1885 was design by Buffalo based architect H.H. Little. It was originally built for Dr. Hubbard Foster, but stood as a rooming house from the Depression era until the early 2000’s where it then sat vacant for a few years before being purchased in a foreclosure auction. It has been fully rehabilitated by its current owners with an eye towards environmental sustainability and historic preservation with a focus on retaining Victorian era character. It boasts completely restored original double hung windows, new millwork to match existing profiles, many salvaged articles including wood mantles, doors, newel posts, and light fixtures. A new chef’s kitchen was installed and services a dining room complete with Lincrusta wainscoting and a nine-foot pocket door. All M/E/P systems were fully replaced, and an in floor radiant heating system was installed to conserve energy costs. Every inch of this structure has seen the owner’s hands which have combed over all details to make this place gleam from love and care. It is now a gracious home for a family and a wonderful bed & breakfast called Buffalo Harmony House.

Neighborhood Conservation – Town of Amherst Intensive Survey

The Town of Amherst’s updated Intensive Level Historic Resources Survey of Selected Resources was a joint effort by the Amherst Historic Preservation Commission, the New York State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and Clinton Brown Company Architecture pc (CBCA). It was financed in part with a federal Certified Local Government Grant along with partial Town funds. Its purpose is to follow some of the recommendations made in the Town’s updated Reconnaissance Survey by adding information on new “blue-rated” properties, examining two potential historic districts, and updating existing Historic Resource Inventory Forms (HRIFs). This survey also identifies buildings, sites, structures, objects, or historic districts that appear to meet the National Register Criteria for possible future designations. A Local and/or State and National designation along with identification as “blue-rated” provides protection to these historic properties, as they require a design review process and are flagged when Town Departments assess permits, rezonings, or other changes that could affect a property’s significance. This update helps to provide enhanced information on the most historically significant properties in the Town to inform and guide decisions regarding these often vulnerable yet important pieces of history.

Preservation Craft – Interior Cabinetry Restoration at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House is a world class architectural masterpiece built for Wright’s significant patron and friend, Darwin D. Martin, in Buffalo, NY, a city of multiple architectural treasures. The Martin House Restoration Corporation is dedicated to restoring, preserving and promoting this National Historic Landmark and NYS Historic Site for the significant educational and economic benefits that it represents for Buffalo, the County of Erie and all of New York State. The millwork restoration undertaken by Stephen Oubre and Rolf Hoeg represents excellence in preservation craft, lovingly restoring or rebuilding the original fabric of this Buffalo treasure.

Outstanding Personal Contribution – Veronica Hemphill-Nichols

Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood could have possibly been paved over with its history lost, its visual documentation of architecture, and evidence of how ordinary individuals lived, erased; but the forces attempting this erasure were not prepared for Veronica Hemphill-Nichols. She has built upon the actions of those who went before her, and since 1999 has been a force behind the citizen action that worked to save the cultural resources of Buffalo’s Fruit Belt neighborhood for all to enjoy.  Her activities from 2015-2018 are given here as required for the nomination.  But her efforts and those before her have been immense and will be known through the cultural resources survey soon to be completed.

Education, Outreach, & Planning – Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

The Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor is a leading voice in educating tourists and locals about Buffalo’s rich African American history.  Currently, the Corridor is implementing plans initially devised for the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency in 2000, reimagined in 2011 by a UB Studio class of Architecture and Urban Planning and formalized as a New York State Heritage Area Management Plan in 2013.  Their work focuses on promoting the district for tourism and for education, as well as attracting public-private partnerships to preserve and develop the Corridor as a revitalized neighborhood.  The goals for future projects include development and programs, including tours, addressing vacant properties, and establishing a business improvement district.

Public Art & Landscape – Olmsted Parks Conservancy

Celebrating 150 years of Olmsted Parks in Western New York, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy has been leading the charge to preserve the legacy of Frederic Law Olmsted and the impressive park system he designed. Originally formed in 1978 as The Buffalo Friends of Olmsted Parks, the Conservancy is now responsible for 75% of the city’s parkland. Their dedication to preserving the park system ensures its future for generations to come.

Stewardship – The Robert Coles House, 321 Humboldt Parkway

Designed in 1961 by architect Robert T. Coles, this hidden treasure on Buffalo’s Humboldt Parkway is an incredible example of modernist architecture. Coles was one of the first African American architects working in Buffalo and was an outspoken voice in advocating for the rebuilding of the city. The mid-century house he designed, which recently went on the market, still retains much of its original and unique character making it a prime example of outstanding stewardship of our architectural heritage.








Previous Award Winners


Outstanding Commercial Project

Turner Brothers Lofts; Schneider Development LLC, R&P Oakhill Construction, K-Arc Design Architect PLLC, Preservation Studios, First Niagara Bank

Outstanding Residential Project

656 Lafayette Ave; Tom and Melina Scime, McHugh Painting and Contracting, Brian Daddis, Lou Hanidman Services, Supreme Painting

Outstanding Community Service

International Chimney

Outstanding Public Building Project

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, Houses 2 and 3; Foit-Albert Associates, Botanical Gardens Society, Erie County Department of Public Works

Outstanding Public Building Project

US Customhouse; Wendel, City of Niagara Falls

Neighborhood Conservation

Richardson Olmsted Campus Core Project; Richardson Center Corporation

Preservation Craft

Buffalo Architectural Casting

Outstanding Personal Contribution

Monica Pellegrino Faix

Outstanding Personal Contribution

Steve Karnath

Education, Outreach, & Planning

Guaranty Building Interpretive Center; Hodgson Russ LLP, Flynn Battaglia Architects, Hadley Exhibits, Alfred State College

People’s Choice

“Greetings from Buffalo” Mural by Casey William Milbrand




Outstanding Project

Lafayette Lofts
Five Hundred Seneca

Outstanding Community Project

Historic 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse Lens Project
King Urban Life Center

Neighborhood Conservation

Prospect Hill Historic District

Preservation Craft

Swiatek Studios

Outstanding Personal Contribution Towards Preservation

Richard J. Lippes

Education & Outreach

Preservation-Ready Sites
Rare Book Room- Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

People’s Choice

Tipico Coffee




Preservation Craft

Boston Valley Terra Cotta


Buffalo Rising


County of Erie & Erie Community College, the Old Post Office; Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, ECC President Jack Quinn, Flynn Battaglia Architects, Picone Construction, Grove Roofing, Morris Masonry, Jens Glass

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

The Giacomo (United Office Building); Ellicott Development Company, Carl and William Paladino City of Niagara Falls, USA
The Kronenberg Building; Tzetzo Companies, Silvestri Architects, Superior Construction

Landscape/Scenic Preservation

Mill Road Scenic Overlook; WNY Land Conservancy, Friends of Mill Road, Town of East Aurora

Preservation, Restoration, and Community Engagement

Schoolhouse #8, the Community of North Collins; Richard Taczkowski; David A. Willett; Senator Dale Volker

Individual Achievement

Jack Quinan

Lifetime Achievement in Preservation Spirit

Joan K. Bozer

Individual/Group Achievement

North Park Theatre; Thomas Eoannou and Michael G. Cristiano; Flexlume Corporation; Swiatek Painting


Buffalo Zoo Heritage Farm; Buffalo Zoological Society, Foit Albert Associates, Peyton Barlow Construction Services


West Huron Lofts; The Kissling Interests; Carmina Wood Morris Architects; Peyton Barlow Co. Inc.


Westminster Presbyterian Church Campus




Individual/Group Achievement

Kathleen Mecca; Buffalo Young Preservationists; Spree Magazine/Elizabeth Licata

Lifetime Service

Peter and Susie Flickinger


Oakwood Cemetery Association; Days Park Block Club

Preservation Craft

Larry Fuchs, Roger Korsh, Robert Stetzko, and Sheet Metal Workers Local 71

Preservation/Preservation Planning

The Allentown Association, Inc.


The Lafayette Hotel
Evans Bank (former Mennonite Meeting House)

Renovation/Adaptive Reuse

Remington Lofts on the Canal
The Calumet Building


Friendship Fire Engine Silsby Restoration Project
The Albright Knox Art Gallery East Stair Project
Niagara Falls City Hall Main Stair Project


The Twentieth Century Club
Orchard Park Train Depot Crew




Preservation Craft

Buffalo Architectural Casting

Preservation Spirit

Nathan Comstock, Jr. House – Odd Fellows Orphanage


Mary Holland, Buffalo Religious Arts Center

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

Lofts @ 136 – Alling Cory Building

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

Hedstrom Caretaker’s Cottages

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

Hiram Day Mansion

Neighborhood Conservation

Linwood Preservation District

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

223 Lafayette Avenue; Alex Kerns, Buffalo, NY

Preservation Planning/Reconstruction

Roycroft Campus Master Plan & Roycroft Powerhouse; Flynn Battaglia Architects & Roycroft Campus Corporation

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse


Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

Artspace Buffalo Lofts

Neighborhood Conservation

Christopher Brown

Preservation Journalism

Mark Sommer, The Buffalo News




Education and Outreach

Grant–Amherst Business Association; Black Rock Historic District Photo Project, Buffalo

Landscape Preservation

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center; Schoellkopf Park, Niagara Falls

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Use

Karl Frizlen, Paul Johnson; 257 Lafayette Center, Buffalo


The Tatler Club; The Porter Mansion, Niagara Falls

Rehabilitation/Adaptive Use

Flynn, Battaglia Architects, CityView Properties, Margaret L. Wendt Foundation; Genesee Gateway LLC, Buffalo


Clement and Karen Arrison; 35 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo

Neighborhood Conservation

Volunteers of Concordia Cemetery; Concordia Cemetery, Buffalo

Education and Outreach

Patrick Kavanagh; Forest Lawn Cemetery Historian

Preservation Service

City of Buffalo Preservation Board; John Laping – Past Chairman (1998 – 2009)




Neighborhood Conservation

The City of Niagara Falls, The Niagara Falls Preservation Commission, and Park Place Neighborhood Residents Neighborhood Conservation; The Park Place Historic District

Preservation Spirit

Rolland Development; 21 Hyde Park Blvd, Niagara Falls

Preservation Craft

John Gulick; J.A. Gulick Window Company


Schneider Development; The Warehouse Lofts; 210 Ellicott Street, Buffalo


Corpus Christi Church, Buffalo


Riviera Theatre, North Tonawanda

New Construction

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo


Brian Lewandowski and Sherry Campbell; 33 Lake Avenue, Lancaster


Richardson Olmsted Complex Master Plan

Preservation Service

Marge Thielman Hastreiter

Landmarker Award

Eric Stenclik and Steven Dietz





Rehabilitation/Adaptive Reuse

Young & Wright Architectural; The East Utica Library/ Beverly A. Gray Business Services Incubator Project

Preservation Craft

Clinton Brown Company Architecture; Exterior Masonry Restoration by Morris Masonry at the First /Baptist Church of Newfane

Neighborhood Conservation

Prish Moran/ 212-220 Grant Street Project; Catherine Faust, Architect; The Sweet_ness 7 Café

Preservation Service/Leadership

Town of Clarence Certified Local Government Project


Western New York Heritage Press/Magazine

Adaptive Reuse

Foit Albert Associates; Old Fort Niagara Visitors Center/ Army Commissary Rehabilitation

Restoration Stewardship

Flynn & Battaglia Architects; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo NY


Trautman Associates; Sisters of St. Francis Provincial House Rehabilitation, Buffalo, NY