Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s tour program offers unique and informative ways to enjoy the historical, cultural, and architectural treasures of the Buffalo-Niagara region. Our tours support the mission of PBN, the region’s only professionally staffed preservation organization.
Richardson Olmsted Campus Tours
Dive deep into the rich past of the Richardson Olmsted Campus on this two-hour guided tour of unoccupied buildings. Led by an expert docent, visitors will gain access to spaces untouched since the 1970s and not featured on the one-hour tour.
Visitors will be immersed into the philosophies integrated into the Richardson by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, and mental health advocate Dr. Thomas Kirkbride.
During the tour, visitors will experience some of the site’s original structures as well as the healing landscape designed to serve as a therapeutic environment for patients.
Private Guaranty Building Tour
The Guaranty Building is one of Buffalo’s most beautiful buildings and an important site in architectural history. Join us for this interior and exterior tour of this Sullivan masterpiece. During this guided tour, you’ll learn about the history of the building, the architectural elements that make it so special, and why it serves as an important case for preservation.
For a tour of the Guaranty Building you must have a minimum of 5 people to reserve a spot. The tour meets in the Pearl Street lobby of the Guaranty Building (140 Pearl Street). Available times are Fridays at 2 pm and Saturdays at 12:30pm and lasts approximately one hour. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required for this tour; walk-ons will NOT be admitted.
Reservations are on a first come first served basis, to register your tour please email info@pbnsaves. org
EB Green Tour de Force
Travel through the streets of Buffalo and time to discover the indelible mark E. B. Green left on the city of Buffalo. See iconic as well as lesser known buildings to appreciate the genius of the man whose career spanned over 70 years and produced over 200 buildings in Buffalo. This special bike tour is open to riders of all levels and includes 10-12 miles of moderately paced biking. Visit our calendar for a list of upcoming rides.
Terra Cotta City!
Terra cotta is one of the oldest ornamental building materials and since the 19th century it’s been used on many of Buffalo’s iconic downtown buildings. Join PBN for a jam-packed, magical terra cotta mystery tour where we’ll hear all about the technology and methods used to not only build but preserve these terra cotta landmarks over the years. PBN’s Christiana Limniatis will be your terra cotta spirit guide as you see extraordinary examples like the Guaranty Building, Electric Tower, and Calumet Building.
The tour will meet on the ground floor of the Market Arcade (617 Main Street). This magical terra cotta mystery tour will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately! While walk-ons will be accepted (cash or check only), pre-registration is preferred. Visit our calendar for a list of upcoming Terra Cotta City tours.