A conversation with editor Elizabeth Licata
8:06 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Interview Issue

Buffalo Spree, March 2015 issue.
Credit Buffalo Spree

The March issue of Buffalo Spree is labeled "The Interview Issue."  The magazine's writers sat down with 20 prominent Western New Yorkers, asking them questions on a range of topics.  WBFO's Mark Scott has more in this week's Press Pass with Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata.

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Chautauqua Institution
11:19 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Chautauqua delays Amphitheater decision to August

A morning lecture at the Chautauqua Amphitheater
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Officials at the Chautauqua Institution have decided to delay plans for rebuilding the historic amphitheater.

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2:23 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Council to consider landmark status for St. Ann's church

Rev. Darius Pridgen says he would be arrested before St. Ann's is demolished.
Credit Chris Caya/WBFO News

The fight to save an East side Catholic church is not over. A city lawmaker is vowing to save the building from demolition.

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4:20 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Council fails to grant landmark status to Trico building

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The historic Trico Plant No. 1 on the edge of downtown Buffalo won't be designated a local landmark. The Common Council deadlocked in a 4-4 vote Tuesday.

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9:39 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Preservationists want landmark status for Trico building

Trico building in downtown Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The push is on to save a large piece of Buffalo's industrial heritage. Preservationists are urging city lawmakers to give the Trico building landmark status.

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11:23 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Preservationists say Trico building should be rehabbed

Trico building in downtown Buffalo
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Preservationists at a public meeting Thursday night argued the Trico plant on the edge of downtown Buffalo should be saved and could be a real asset to the adjacent Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

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10:06 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Demolition of damaged North Buffalo church to proceed

Vacant church at Colvin and Tacoma Avenues in North Buffalo
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A North Buffalo landmark will soon be just a memory. The city is not going to prevent the demolition of a fire-damaged former church.

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5:00 am
Mon September 24, 2012

Press Pass: Saving an historic building at Main and Allen

918-920 Main Street in Buffalo
Photo courtesy of Buffalo Spree

An historic building at Main and Allen Streets in Buffalo was months, if not weeks,  away from collapsing.  But as we hear in this week's Press Pass, it's now on a path to being saved.

The building at 918 and 920 Main Street was constructed in 1891 to house a company known as the Bosche Carriage Repository.  Buffalo Spree Editor Elizabeth Licata wrote about the landmark in her monthly Preservation Ready column in the September issue.  She says it was designed by architect Cyrus Porter who is known for several famous buildings locally, including the Cyclorama.

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9:15 am
Tue June 5, 2012

Latest preservation battle to save former Bethlehem Steel administration building

Former Bethlehem Steel administration building in Lackawanna
WBFO News by Mike Desmond

Another preservation battle continues along the Lake Erie waterfront.   The debate over the decaying former Bethlehem Steel administration office building features some familiar arguments.

On the outside, windows are often boarded-up or broken. The roof may or may not be falling apart and the ornamental trees out front are almost out of control. 

But some wonder, is the building shot?

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10:03 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Demolition planned for Bethlehem Steel structure

A remnant of the Buffalo area's steel-making glory days is facing demolition.

Crews are planning to start tearing down the original Bethlehem Steel administration building in Lackawanna on Friday.
Built in the Beaux Arts style in 1902, the crumbling, overgrown structure is located on the former Bethlehem Steel's Lake Erie waterfront complex.

The building has been vacant for 30 years, and is owned by a shipping business.

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9:25 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Preservation group raises fracking issues

An historic preservation group is weighing in on hydrofracking for the first tim, and they don't like what they say they’ve been learning about the gas drilling process.

They say it would change the nature of the landscape from rural to industrial and would detract from heritage tourism in the Marcellus shale region.

Every year, the state’s leading historic preservation group, the Preservation League, lists historic sites that they believe are endangered, known as New York’s Seven To Save.

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9:28 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Debate escalates over the future of Trico

The massive Trico plant complex on Goodell is now the object of a familiar community debate: preserve or demolish?

Hours after the city Preservation Board recommended last night the vast complex be listed as a historic landmark, Preservation Buffalo Niagara held a public meeting in the Common Council Chambers to talk about what to do with the deteriorating industrial complex.

Trico is a hodge-podge of buildings from different times built for different uses and the roof is shot, letting water and snow inside.

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US Courthouse
8:09 am
Mon November 28, 2011

New US Courthouse officially opens

U.S. Courthouse, Buffalo, NY
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The new, ten story federal courthouse officially opens for business Monday.  As WBFO's Mark Scott reports, federal officials are hailing the new building's design.  But not everyone is enamored by it.

The new courthouse in Niagara Square across from City Hall is finally finished.  Its opening was delayed for many months when a moisture problem was discovered.  Federal court staffers have spent the past several weeks moving in.  And Monday morning, a ceremonial flag raising was held to mark the first day of business. 

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Fairfield Library
5:00 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Press Pass: Vacant Fairfield Library in Buffalo

Former Fairfield Library in Central Park area
Buffalo Spree photo/Joe Cascio

A vacant library building has been shuttered for six years in Buffalo's Central Park neighborhood.  The Fairfield was closed as part of consolidation.  But Buffalo Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says neighbors are frustrated and the city doesn't seem to be revealing future redevelopment plans.

WBFO'S Eileen Buckley welcomes Licata to our weekly Press Pass interview line-up as they discuss Licata's on-going Buffalo Spree series called "Preservation Ready" that focuses on the Fairfield Library.

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9:34 am
Tue October 25, 2011

19th century West Side building to be transformed

A 19th century building on Buffalo's West Side is being transformed into a 14-unit apartment building.

West Side residents and local officials gathered at White's Livery Stable Monday afternoon on Buffalo's West Side to celebrate the commencement of a rehabilitation project that will convert the structure into fourteen new apartments.

Mayor Byron Brown thanked neighborhood residents for their patience and appreciation of the historic building which had posed a safety issue when it began crumbling a few years ago.

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3:19 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Buffalo welcomes preservation conference

 More than 2,000 people are expected to participate in this week's National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Buffalo.   While the formal opening ceremony takes place Wednesday, students at Buffalo's Waterfront Elementary School were busy Tuesday raising a scaled-down classic American structure, a barn.  Among those watching the barn raising was Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic preservation.

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