This year, Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN) is unveiling Preservation Passport, a series of self-guided tours focused on Western New York’s Historic Districts. This tour program will take you on a self-guided preservation journey of the National Register listed historic districts of WNY. Each year, PBN will issue new, self-guided tour travelogues which explore communities in the region, and you can track your exploration of historic districts in your Preservation Passport.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara will be offering a variety of ways for you to commemorate your experience. You will be able to purchase a Preservation Passport Book (updated annually) listing all current National Register districts in WNY, each self-guided tour travelogue separately, or invest in your historic district journey by purchasing the Preservation Passport 2021 Starter Kit which includes a PBN tote, a subscription to receive all five self-guided tour travelogues, a passport book, and passport stickers to record each tour taken.

Our 2021 Preservation Passport season will feature five historic district tours: the Hamlin Park Historic District in Buffalo, the Sweeney Estate Historic District in North Tonawanda, the Park Place Historic District in Niagara Falls, the Broadway Historic District in Lancaster, and the Jamestown Downtown Historic District.

Don’t wait, purchase one of the travelogues, all five, or a Preservation Passport 2021 Starter Kit and from Niagara Falls to Jamestown, explore Western New York’s historic architectural legacy one Historic District at a time.

2021 Self-Guided Tours

Hamlin Park Historic District, Buffalo – Release Date: April 2021

Hamlin Park’s social history is a fine example of the success of rehabilitation loans. Due to the federal Model Cities program in the late 1960s and utilization of wartime savings, it maintained its stock of residential properties overcoming the failure urban renewal programs and delivered the kind of city-revitalization envisioned after World War II.

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Sweeney Estate Historic District, North Tonawanda – Release Date: June 2021

The Park Place Historic District, developed between 1885 and 1928, is a rare intact residential neighborhood in the City of Niagara Falls. It includes examples of Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne houses, as well as the former home of industrialist and inventor James G. Marshall.

Park Place Historic District, Niagara Falls – Release Date: August 2021

The Park Place Historic District, developed between 1885 and 1928, is a rare intact residential neighborhood in the City of Niagara Falls. It includes examples of Arts & Crafts, Colonial Revival, Italianate, and Queen Anne houses, as well as the former home of industrialist and inventor James G. Marshall.

Broadway Historic District, Lancaster – Release Date: October 2021

After its start as a residential corridor, Broadway/U.S. Route 20 saw an increase in commercial development after the rise of the automobile. The historic district features a variety of building typologies and styles, from the 1832 Lancaster Presbyterian Church to E.B. Green’s c. 1935 Brost building, a car dealership.

Jamestown Downtown Historic District – Release Date: December 2021

This Historic District represents the evolution of Jamestown from a small village into a city with a bustling downtown. Due to the technological, economic, and social changes caused by 19th-century industrialization, the downtown grew into a commercial center whose architectural styles include Renaissance Revival, Classical Revival, and Art Deco.

 

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