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.
ANNOUNCING PRESERVATION PASSPORT SEASON 2!
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.
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 Village Historic District features a mix of commercial, civic, religious, and residential architecture dating from as early as 1818. 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 buildings of various styles from the village’s earliest days through the 1930s.
French Portage Road Historic District, Westfield
The French Portage Road Historic District encompasses the commercial core of the village of Westfield, which is centered on an intersection that has existed since 1805. Its 100+ buildings include a c. 1819 brick mansion, commercial buildings from as early as the 1850s, and the former headquarters building for Welch Foods, which moved to Westfield in 1897.
West Village Historic District, Buffalo
One of the city’s oldest residential neighborhoods, the West Village straddles the line between the original village of Black Rock and the then-village 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.