Preservation Buffalo Niagara is proud to announce a new tour program, Preservation Passport, which will allow you to discover all of the region’s National Register Historic Districts in all of their varied and distinctive importance. In addition to the Preservation Passport booklet itself, which will give you a comprehensive listing of all of Western New York’s National Register Historic Districts, each year we will spotlight individual districts through an in-depth Travelogue of each, detailing the district’s history and allowing you 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.

2021 Travelogues

Preservation Buffalo Niagara will be offering a variety of ways for you to enjoy your experience. You will be able to purchase a Preservation Passport Book listing all of WNY’s National Register historic districts and each Travelogue separately, or you can 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 Travelogues, the Preservation 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 today!

Hamlin Park Historic District, Buffalo – Release Date: June 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.

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

Sometimes referred to as the “Lumber Baron” neighborhood, this Historic District is an intact residential area that was developed between 1849 and 1930, first for the wealthy and later for the working class. It thus features a range of architectural styles, from Queen Anne and Italianate to American Foursquare and Arts & Crafts.

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.

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Tia Brown at tbrown@pbnsaves.org.