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Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced the launch of a new loan program specifically for low-income homeowners in local historic districts Thursday.

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Since before the Civil War, Westminster Presbyterian Church has been a feature of Delaware Avenue, with its towering steeple, vast stained glass and the stone gothic look of the landmark.

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Nominations opened Tuesday for the 2020 Preservation Awards. The annual honors recognize the region’s best historic preservation and education projects, as well as the community advocates who spearhead them.

Buffalo Preservation Board

For centuries, religious buildings have been centers of neighborhoods and landmarks in those neighborhoods, providing services beyond prayer. That shows in plans before the Buffalo Preservation Board Thursday.

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The one-time Wildroot complex on Bailey Avenue in Buffalo is getting closer to being an official city landmark. The plan was approved Tuesday in the Common Council's Legislation Committee and sent to the full Council.

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The Buffalo Preservation Board is raising questions about the giant concrete balls placed in front of City Hall—and more are coming.

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Orchard Park developer Peter Krog is moving forward with plans to revamp Buffalo’s Trico plant into more than 130 new apartments, commercial space, and a 138-room hotel.

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Williamsville and Larkinville got together last night to talk about building on the past for the future. The public meeting at Williamsville South High School focused on how a community's history can be a spark for a better economic future.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named the Chautauqua Amphitheater a “National Treasure.” The Trust is now part of a coalition of groups campaigning against the Chautauqua Institution’s proposal to demolish and replace the 122-year-old venue.

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Plans by the Chautauqua Institution to demolish the historic Amphitheater and replace it with a modern replica are being challenged by preservationists and many Chautauqua residents.  The Institution's leadership team is under increasing pressure to find a way of saving the existing structure.

Groundbreaking today for Richardson-Olmsted Complex

Oct 10, 2014
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Nearly 10 years of effort pays off this afternoon with groundbreaking ceremonies for the Richardson Olmsted Complex.  The first phase of the $69-million reuse effort gets underway today.

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A new study was released Monday to steer developers to historic buildings ready for re-purposing in downtown Buffalo. The ‘Preservation Ready Survey’ is expected to make it easier for developers to see which buildings are eligible for historic preservation tax credits and incentives.

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The full Common Council will vote on landmarking downtown Buffalo's Trico complex after coming out of committee without a recommendation.

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The fate of the Trico complex in downtown Buffalo is up to the Common Council after the city's Preservation Board voted Thursday to make it a local landmark.

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Arguing there is new evidence, preservationists are going back into court today seeking to save the deteriorating old Bethlehem Steel management building which has already been partially demolished.

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Despite efforts by area preservationists over the last nine months, demolition of the former Bethlehem Steel Administration building in Lackawanna started Thursday. But members of Buffalo's Young Preservationists say they are not giving up on trying to save the structure. 

Buffalo's Central Terminal will celebrate the return of an historic light fixture during a ceremony Monday. 

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This month's issue of Buffalo Spree profiles Western New York "game changers" -- 24 local movers and shakers who are shaping the "new" Buffalo.  One of them is Dana Saylor-Furman, an historical researcher who is involved in building preservation. 

Judge says Bethlehem Steel demolition can proceed

Nov 27, 2012
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Despite the objections of preservationists, it appears a building that is part of the old Bethlehem Steel complex in Lackawanna will be demolished. 

Increased preservation tax credit closer to law

Jun 19, 2012

The State Assembly has passed legislation that increases the tax credit for historic preservation projects. 

The bill, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Sean Ryan, raises the available credit from $5 million to $12 million. 

The credit has been used successfully to restore and renovate older buildings, like the Hotel Lafayette in downtown Buffalo.  Supporters say increasing it will create greater incentive for developers to bring aging structures back to life.