Weekly Update August 14th, 2019
Jessie Fisher Speaks at H.R. 2825 Act Press Conference
Congressman Brian Higgins, Merrill Hickenlooper of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, and PBN Executive Director Jessie Fisher all spoke at a press conference focused on the Historic Tax Credit Growth and Opportunity (HTC-GO) Act of 2019. Jessie Fisher’s impassioned closing remarks summarized the act’s possibilities by stating,”it will help communities retain their historic architecture, their strong sense of place, their quality of life, and build wealth for the people living here and investing in their communities now.” For more about yesterday’s press conference and how the region can achieve self sufficient revitalization click here.
PBN Launches Course for Real Estate Professionals
Come one real estate professional, come all real estate professionsals! PBN presents The Historic Preservation for Real Estate Professionals. This brand new course is led by PBN’s Director of Preservation Services, Christiana Limniatis, and is part of an outreach and education effort to increase awareness about preservation principles and best practices as well as the various regulations affecting historic properties, the common misconceptions about historic preservation, and tips for marketing and selling historic properties. Attendees earn 5.5 CE credits.
The HRPE class is designed for historic preservation, estate professionals, property managers, and lenders and takes place Saturday October 19th, 2019 at 9:00 AM. You or any qualifying professionals may get more info or register here.
Fundraiser and Garvey Day Celebration
For those of you playing along, you know 238 Carlton no longer has this charred crown for a roof. This Saturday is a great chance to support Carlton’s metamorphosis by attending the African Heritage Food Co-Op’s Fundraiser and Garvey Day Celebration on August 17th. Ready your ears for guest speakers, remove your shoes for bounce houses, and come hungry for free food. See you there.
For more info visit our website or call 716-852-3300.
Weekly Update August 7th, 2019
Long Neglected Carlton Gets a New Roof
Carlton’s facelift continues! In the past week Carlton has received new rafters and while it’s charred roof once made an interesting frame for the bluest skies, it’s plain to see that this structural piece of Buffalo history looks best covered up. You can support Carlton’s metamorphosis by attending the African Heritage Food Co-Op’s Fundraiser and Garvey Day Celebration on August 17th. There will be guest speakers, bounce houses, free food, and hopefully, you. See you there.
Come Visit Us at the Flutterby Festival
This Saturday PBN will join other businesses, organizations, and eco pop-ups at the first Flutterby Festival in the Elmwood Village. Festival-goers will walk the sidewalks, meet and greet vendors, and view exhibits and demonstrations all while supporting eco-minded businesses and becoming educated about making conscious decisions to protect the planet. Come visit the PBN table near Utica and Elmwood and take in all the wonders of the first Flutterby Festival this Saturday 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. This event is free.
Come Make Your Brain Bigger with PBN
PBN has not one but two workshops coming up next week. First up is Historic Districts 101 on Tuesday, August 13th. If you’re looking to preserve your community’s heritage for future generations then this may just be the workshop for you. Historic districts are useful planning tools that can not only protect your historic fabric but may also provide access to various financial incentives. Next up is our monthly Historic Homeowner Tax Credit Workshop on Wednesday, August 14th in the Broadway-Fillmore District. If your property is located within a National Register Historic District or listed in the National Register individually then this might be the workshop for you as you may be eligible for State or Federal historic tax credits.
For more info visit our website or call 716-852-3300.
Weekly Update July 31st, 2019
The Fight for 204 High Street
This gem on High Street is still in danger of being demolished unless it can find a new owner. WGRZ, Channel 2, recently covered the fight to save this City-owned solid brick building with Italianate windows. While the property will require immediate stability, it is located in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo blocks away from Downtown and the Medical Campus. Serious purchasers should contact the City of Buffalo Division of Real Estate at (716) 851-5261. For more information about this building and the rest of the High Street Historic District click here.
UPDATE: 238 Carlton
And, so it begins! We have received the first pictures of 238 Carlton’s grand makeover, photos credited to eco_logic STUDIO. The roof demo began last week and it has been determined that the floor joists on the 2nd floor deck are charred. Renovation options are being discussed. You can see the first few pictures of 238 Carlton’s below.
Tell Us What You Want
Have you attended our tours or any of our workshops? Fantastic, because PBN is in search of the truth. Our tour and workshop programming is essential to our mission to provide educational experiences about this fine region of ours. PBN has the only tour program where proceeds are put 100% back into protecting our community. And, you want to protect the community, right? So, please click here and tell us what you want, what you really, really want.
P.S. If you haven’t hit up one of our tours, what are you waiting for?
Weekly Update July 24th, 2019
News broke last week that Grant Street will be receiving funds allowing businesses to restore their facades and bring them up to code. The remaining funds will contribute to a study led by GObike Buffalo and yours truly, Preservation Buffalo Niagara. The study will examine local infrastructure and explore possible streetscape designs. To learn more, check out the articles in The Buffalo News,Buffalo Rising, and WBFO.
Construction Has Begun on Carlton.
Remember when an anonymous donor gifted the African Heritage Food Co-Op with a charming but damaged building in the Fruit Belt and PBN teamed up with the Co-Op to save it from an emergency demolition order? No? Well, first, you can read about all that here. Construction has finally begun on 238 Carlton this week and we can’t wait to see what happens next. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, @preservationbuffaloniagara, and on Instagram, @pbnsaves, and stay tuned to witness the progress.
This Week in Tours
Christiana Limniatis, our Director of Preservation Services, wants you to let her be your guide on Friday, June 26th for our next Terra Cotta City! Not to mention that our docents would gladly have you walk beside them on any of the Guaranty Building or Queen City Downtown tours. So, what are you waiting for? Check out all of our tours here, register, and bring a friend.
Weekly Update July 17th, 2019
Rest in Power: Christine Parker
Christine Parker passed away on July 11th, 2019. Parker was highly acclaimed for being the lead researcher on the John E. Brent project in which she brought light to Brent’s life and architectural legacy as the City of Buffalo’s first African American architect. Her dedication to documenting Brent’s work led to a successful exhibit at the Burchfield Penny Art Center, a public television documentary, the creation of a complete catalogue of Mr. Brent’s work as well as a traveling exhibition which had viewings at local libraries, schools, and festivals. Ms. Parker was also the 2019 recipient of PBN’s Preservation Leadership Award.
Family and friends may attend her Celebration and Life at Living Water Fellowship, 382 Pine Ridge Rd. in Cheektowaga on Thursday from 11AM – 12PM where the funeral service will immediately follow. You can also offer your condolences here.
Two Wheels Are Better Than None
This is your last chance to take in the indelible mark of EB Green by bike. Join us for the EB Green Tour de Force! Cyclists will be led by PBN docent Katie Moriarty and see iconic as well as lesser known buildings designed by a man whose career spanned over 70 years and produced over 200 buildings in Buffalo. Strap on your helmet and BYOW (Bring Your Own Wheels) this Saturday at 10AM. Register here.
It’s Time to Get Your Terra Cotta On
Christiana Limniatis, our Director of Preservation Services, wants you to let her be your guide on July 26th for our next Terra Cotta City! Tour. For a taste of how engaging Ms. Limniatis can be check out our Terra Cotta City! promo. Register here. Remember, PBN has the only tour program where proceeds are put 100% back into protecting our community. And, you want to protect the community, right?
Have you joined us yet? As a PBN member you’ll not only get exciting stuff from us in the mail, but also discounts on tours, workshops, and invitations to members-only events. And you’ll have those warm fuzzy feelings because you’re playing a vital role in safeguarding the unique architectural and historic legacy of our Western New York Communities. Join today!
Weekly Update July 10th, 2019
Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit by the Preservation League of NYS
Preservation Buffalo Niagara is proud to sponsor “Hidden in Plain Sight”, a traveling photography exhibit hosted by the Preservation League of New York State. The exhibit spotlights the League’s 2018-19 Seven to Save list, which consists of 7 of New York’s most endangered historic places in an effort to avert their demolition. The Preservation League’s Seven to Save program has been drawing statewide attention to New York’s most important and at-risk historic places since 1999. To further this mission, the 2018-19 designees have been beautifully captured in black and white photography by Bruce Harvey, Ph.D., a consulting professional historian and documentation photographer based in Syracuse.
The exhibit is on display until July 20th at the Carnegie Art Center and there will be a reception on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Admission is free, everyone’s favorite price, and there will be light refreshments. Find more info about the 2018-2019 Seven to Save list here.
Do Not Sleep on Our Queen City by Night Tour!
Do not miss out on snacks, wine, and a good time walking around downtown with PBN learning all about the structures you’ve seen but have never really known. Participants will be led by PBN docent Katie Moriarty as she shares her favorite stories of Buffalo’s downtown landmarks. So, come on down to PBN’s headquarters on July 16th. Snacks and wine start at 5:30pm. Remember, PBN has the only tour program where proceeds are put 100% back into protecting our community. And, you want to protect the community, right? Register here.
Weekly Update July 3rd, 2019
204 High Street in Need of New Owner
It has come to our attention that if a new owner with demonstrated means cannot be found for 204 High Street by the end of July, it will be demolished. This beautiful City-owned property is a local landmark as part of the High Street Historic District. While it is in extremely rough shape and will require immediate stabilization, it is located in the historic Fruit Belt neighborhood of Buffalo just blocks from both Downtown and the Medical Campus. Serious purchasers should contact the City of Buffalo Division of Real Estate at (716) 851-5261. You can find more information on this building and the rest of the High Street Historic District below.High Street District Nomination
UPDATE: Willert Park Courts
Our work to save the Willert Park/AD Price Courts housing complex on Spring Street in Buffalo has taken a great leap forward as the State Historic Preservation Office has rescinded their approval of the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority’s mitigation plan. This would have allowed demolition of all buildings except for the Administration Building and would have required saving the sculptural elements. We are hopeful that this change in course by the SHPO will encourage the BMHA to work with us to find a way to save the entire complex and bring it back to use as affordable housing for families. Read the SHPO letter and PBN’s Draft National Register nomination which outlines the importance of the site below. AND, sign the National Trust for Historic Preservation petition to save Willert Park here, and as always consider joining PBN so we can continue all of our important work.
Did you miss the chance to roll around town experiencing the legacy of EB Green or take in all the terra cotta that downtown Buffalo has to offer? Well, fear not! You can register for our next EB Green Tour de Force here or our Terra Cotta City! Tour here. If neither of those are quite your thing then check our our Queen City by Night Tour on July 16th. This tour allows participants to take in several of downtown Buffalo’s gems all under a sunset glow. Register here. Remember, PBN has the only tour program where proceeds are put 100% back into protecting our community. And, you want to protect the community, right?
Weekly Update: June 26th, 2019
In the past few months, Preservation Buffalo Niagara has experienced some grand changes in team dynamics. We are slowly shifting as we are building a bigger staff. In addition to our Executive Director, Jessie Fisher, and our Director of Preservation Services, Christiana Limniatis, we present Mary Begley, Tia Brown, and Tabitha O’Connell. Check out our Who We Are page to learn more about our growing team!
Keep up with the Classics
While PBN has launched a few incredibly educational and entertaining tours for the summer, our classic tour program remains in tact and running. Feel free to stop by and bring a friend to our City Hall Tour any Monday through Friday, ourGuaranty Building Tour any Saturday (Fridays too starting July 12th!), and our Queen City Downtown Tour every Friday and Saturday. Remember, the Queen City Downtown Tour is FREE for members, our docents/guides are phenomenally informed and PBN has the only tour program where proceeds are put 100% back into protecting our community. And, you want to protect the community, right?
Historic Tax Credit Workshop: Fargo Estate
One of the most popular services PBN offers is our historic tax credit workshops. What are historic tax credits? How much can you actually be saving yourself? At this workshop you’ll learn all about this useful financial resource that helps rehabilitate historic homes all over The Empire State. While this is a FREE workshop, pre-registration is requested. We look forward to seeing you there.
Weekly Update: June 19th, 2019
Expansion of the Michigan Sycamore Historic District Approved!
The Legislation Committee of the Buffalo Common Council voted to approve the expansion of the Michigan Sycamore Historic District to include 82 Sycamore and 608 Michigan Avenue. Constructed in 1847 and 1913 respectively, these structures function as a continuous row of mixed-use structures on a busy and key downtown intersection. The buildings provide a unique glimpse into the people who came to Buffalo looking for opportunities, and the trades or businesses they provided for the growing Canal town.
Thank you to Council President Pridgen for your support! You can read PBN’s proposal here.
Tax Credit Workshop, July 10th
Is your house listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a contributing building in an historic district or in a Certified Local Historic District? Then come on down to D’Youville College on July 10th and join Preservation Buffalo Niagara for a Historic Tax Credit Workshop. At this workshop you’ll learn all about this useful financial resource that is helping rehabilitate historic homes all over New York State. Click here to lean more or to save your spot at the workshop. While this is a FREE workshop, pre-registration is requested.
UPDATE: Willert Park Courts
Three weeks ago, the National Trust for Historic Preservation listed Willert Park Courts as one of its 11 Most Endangered Sites in the US, and it is already making a difference! In response to this designation, Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority has agreed to re-evaluate their current plan. We will keep our members posted on any new developments. But it is important to keep the pressure up! If you haven’t done so, please make sure you sign the petition to save the buildings, HERE. Also, if you are not a member already, please consider joining PBN. Getting this far in protecting these buildings has been a ten-year odyssey for our organization – and we are only as strong as our membership allows us to be.
Weekly Update: June 12th, 2019
Terra Cotta City! Isn’t the Tour You’ve Been Waiting For, It’s the Tour You Deserve.
Winter’s long gone so it’s about time you start looking up. Come join our very own Christiana Limniatis on a jam-packed magical terra cotta mystery tour where you will learn about the technology and methods used to build and preserve these terra cotta landmarks over the years. Christy is Hilarious, that’s right with a capital H, and has over 12 years of experience in historic preservation so you’re guaranteed to walk away with a belly full of laughs and a brain full of new smarts. Not convinced? Watch this then head over to our website to register for our June Terra Cotta City! Tour.
It’s Time to Go Green: E.B. Green.
Have you ever heard of the Dun Building? Well, how about the Albright-Knox? Ever seen that super shiny gold dome M&T Bank in downtown Buffalo? Of course you have. But, did you know they were all designed by E.B. Green? Either way, it’s time to get your brakes checked so you can cycle with PBN through the streets of Buffalo to discover the indelible mark of E.B. Green on June 22nd. See both iconic and lesser known buildings designed by the man who 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. Don’t forget to register and invite a friend.
Hard Hat Tour: Chandler Street
Want to get an exclusive look at exciting adaptive reuse projects? Then join us for a Hard Hat Tour of Chandler Street. Once home to factories for companies including Linde Air Products and Jewett Refrigerator, Chandler Street is growing quickly, recently becoming the home of Thin Man Brewery, BlackBird Cider Works, and other rehabitlitation projects. On June 20th, join PBN as we tour some of the unfinished sites with Signature Development. You can find more info or register here.
Weekly Update: June 5th, 2019
Willert Park Courts announced as One of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States
Willert Park Courts, a site PBN has been dedicated to saving for ten years, was named one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This has brought Willert Park Courts both national and local recognition as it has been mentioned in USA Today, CNN, Buffalo Rising, and WBFO. If you would like to help then sign this petition or ask a friend to join us.
Hard Hat Tour: Chandler Street
Want to get an exclusive look at exciting adaptive reuse projects? Then join us for a Hard Hat Tour of Chandler Street. Once home to factories for companies including Linde Air Products and Jewett Refrigerator, Chandler Street is quickly growing recently becoming the home of Thin Man Brewery, BlackBird Cider Works, and other rehabilitation projects. On June 20th, join PBN as we tour some of the unfinished sites with Signature Development. You can find more info or register here.
E.B. Green Tour de Force
It’s time to get your brakes checked so you can cycle with PBN through the streets of Buffalo to discover the indelible mark of E.B. Green on June 22nd. See both iconic and lesser known buildings designed by the man who 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. Don’t forget to register and always wear your helmet.