Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s tour program, Preservation Passport, allows tourgoers to discover the region’s National Register Historic Districts in all of their varied and distinctive importance. Each year PBN spotlights individual districts through an in-depth travelogue of each, detailing the district’s history and allowing readers to take a self-guided tour of its highlights. From Niagara Falls to Jamestown, join us, subscribe, receive-in-house crafted travelogues, and take yourself out to explore Western New York’s historic legacy one historic district at a time.


To be released June 2022.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s Preservation Passport is back, the self-guided tour series that explores Western New York’s National Register listed historic districts in all their glory.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara offers several ways to commemorate the experience. Tourgoers can purchase a Preservation Passport Book which lists all current National Register districts in WNY, each of the self-guided tour travelogues separately, or can invest in a historic district journey by ordering the Preservation Passport Starter Kit which includes a PBN tote, a subscription to receive all four self-guided tour travelogues, a passport book, and passport stickers to record each tour taken.

Each self-guided tour can be purchased for $20 (PBN Members)/$25 (General Public) and subscriptions to receive all four self-guided tours can be purchased for $65 (PBN Members)/$75 (General Public). Additionally, passport books can be purchased for $25 (PBN Members)/$30 (General Public) or tourgoers can go all in by purchasing a Preservation Passport 2022 Starter Kit for $75 (PBN members)/$85 (General Public).

The 2022 Passport season features four historic districts: the Alfred Historic District in Allegany County, the Ellicottville Historic District in Cattaraugus County, the French Portage Road Historic District in Chautauqua County, and the West Village Historic District in Erie County. Read all about these four districts below and order your Preservation Passport Starter Kit today!

Alfred Historic District, Alfred

Consisting of 55 acres and 133 buildings, the Alfred Historic District features a mix of commercial, civic, religious, and residential architecture dating from 1818 to 1930. With styles ranging from Greek Revival to Neoclassical, the district also includes the National Register-listed Fireman’s Hall, and is well known for its many red terra cotta tile roofs, which reflect the importance of the local ceramic industry in the area.

Ellicottville Historic District, Ellicottville

While currently known as a playground for outdoor fun and adventure, Ellicottville was originally planned and settled starting in 1817 as a center for land transactions. Prospering as the onetime county seat of Cattaraugus County, this district retains its Federal style Town Hall/ Old Cattaraugus County Courthouse, while also featuring stylish commercial buildings from the latter half of the 19th century.

French Portage Road Historic District, Westfield 

The French Portage Road Historic District encompasses the commercial core of the village of Westfield, which was founded at the intersection of two early roads. Its 104 buildings include a brick mansion constructed in the 1820s, several brick commercial buildings from the 1860s-70s, and two office/ factory buildings from the early days of Welch Foods, which at one time was headquartered in Westfield.

West Village Historic District, Buffalo 

One of the city’s oldest residential neighborhoods, the West Village was laid out as part of Joseph Ellicott’s original plan of Buffalo, and includes buildings constructed between 1854 and 1914. The earliest area to be developed within the neighborhood was Johnson Park, former estate of Ebenezer Johnson, Buffalo’s first mayor, which was subdivided after his death.