In 1996, titans of Buffalo’s preservation community, including John Conlin, Edward J. Patton, and Paul Redding, were commissioned by then Common Council President George K. Arthur to identify structures in the City of Buffalo built prior to 1860. The resulting list included approximately 215 buildings, with the oldest from 1818. PBN recently acquired this 25-year-old survey and has found that nearly 30% of the structures then identified have been lost in the intervening years. Of the remaining structures, over 80% have no formal historic designation or protection.
CALL TO ACTION
Are you looking for a way to support preservation even while social distancing? Now’s your chance to join The 1850 Project and help us research these buildings and put proper preservation protections in place!
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
Step 1: Fill out the form below.
Step 2: PBN staff will be in contact with all the virtual training you need to conduct and document your research from the comfort of your home.
Step 3: Go forth and research! PBN staff will be in regular contact to see how it’s going and answer any questions you might have.
Step 4: Submit your research to PBN staff for review and instructions on how to help transform your research into a landmark nomination or an eligibility review for the National Register of Historic Places.
Step 5: Revel in the satisfaction of knowing you helped protect and preserve these irreplaceable resources. And then maybe get started on a second property!