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.
Across much of Buffalo, there are National Register historic districts with significant tax benefits for people who fix up their homes inside the district. That is not true for much of the city's East Side, but something is being done about that.
Though the units at Willert Park Courts have been vacant for a decade, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is taking steps which could restore the 1938 housing project. It's been placed among the "11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the United States." According to Jessie Fisher, Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara, the Trust has placed over 300 sites on the list in 32 years. Only five percent of the sites have been lost.
Two aging buildings at Sycamore and Michigan are coming before the city Preservation Board. Supporters seek landmark status for the structures as they work to expand on the connection to the city's African-American heritage.
The Broadway-Fillmore area of Buffalo is a recognized historic district, with the benefits and controls brought by landmark certification. Preservationists are now shifting their focus to an adjacent area, the Memorial Triangle.
Some much needed repairs are on the way for the Buffalo Fire Department's Edward M. Cotter. At 118-years-old - it's the oldest active fireboat in the world and it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.