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Green & Wicks-designed factory for Brunn & Company, designers of Lincoln, Pierce Arrow, custom cars • Seymour Knox-backed Aqua-Cheetah made splash in WWII • Agent for Medical Campus recently demolished Green & Wicks house on site . On Tuesday October 24 at 2:00pm, the Buffalo Common Council's Committee on Legislation is holding a public hearing on the designation of the Brunn Coachworks site (also known as 980 Ellicott Street) as an official City of Buffalo landmark. The Buffalo Preservation Board, after its own public hearing, recently voted unanimously to designate an early automobile factory as a City of Buffalo landmark.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Hi Gang, check out our tours for Summer 2017: our ever-popular Whirlwind Tour and our new Picturesque Buffalo Tour. All the info you need is on the reproductions of our mini-posters below. You can download the pdfs, pass them along to friends, or print them out! Reserve online by clicking the button below, or call us for reservations at 716-854-3749. Download 2017 Picturesque Buffalo tour Download 2017 Buffalo Whirlwind Buffalo Whirlwind tour The Campaign for Greater Buffalo's 2017 Open-Air Autobus tours Dear Buffalo Lover, there is simply no better way to see Buffalo and grasp what it is all about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Once again, The Campaign for Greater Buffalo is conducting a special Open-Air Autobus tour that covers the route of the annual Buffalo Marathon. Although focusing on runners and their friends and families, the tour is open to the general public. It is an ideal way to scout the route, fix landmarks and distances in your mind, and learn a little bit of the history and architecture of the city. While it has never been used, the bus has a roll-down, see-through roof in case of rain. The cost is $40 per person in advance, plus convenience fee, and $50 at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Tim Tielman, Campaign for Greater Buffalo Executive Director and principal of neighborhood designers Place Advantage, rolled out an Outer Harbor Plan for 2017 before an audience of over 120 people on September 14. The plan had gained the enthusiastic support of Congressman Brian Higgins and Assemblyman Sean Ryan, as well as The Buffalo News. Check out the story in the Buffalo News: Download the abbreviated plan here, and voice your support! Download Buffalo Outer Harbor Plan Continue reading
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Posted Sep 9, 2016 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
September is the season for great in-depth tours of the Buffalo for architectural and history aficionados and the people who love them. We start off with a well-researched, revealing and fun tour of 1950's suburbia given by Campaign for Greater Buffalo Executive Director Tim Tielman. Download his paper How Green Were My Acres: Builders, Designers, and Buyers in an Atomic Age Suburb, 1946-1956. Download Tielman, Green Acres narrative 2 That tour departs from in front of the Plaka Restaurant on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore. A monument to 1960's design, it was formerly Watson's Restaurant (the candy store is still operating... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Click on the link to view or download the 2016 schedule for the Buffalo Open-Air Autobus. Simply the best, most fun, most informative explorations of Buffalo available to mortals. Every Saturday and Sunday in July, August, and September. Weekdays and weekends through September we are also available for charter. Download 2016 tour tabloid Walk-ups are welcome, but seating is limited. You can mail us a check, stating the tours and number of seats you want (made out to The Campaign for Greater Buffalo, 14 Lafayette Square, suite 1425, Buffalo, NY 14203). Better yet, call now to reserve: 716-854-3749. Have your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture has filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court challenging the Buffalo Common Council’s summary rejection of three landmark designation applications lon May 10th. The Campaign complaint charges that the Council, as the City Code requires, must provide valid reasons for rejecting applications, and those must be according to the standards established by the City Code. The Campaign is also seeking an injunction against the demolition of the three properties in question, The Bachelor Apartment Building, the North Park Library, and the Pratt Street Industrial Heritage Area. Also named in the suit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
The close of 2015 brought with it tidings of distress to Buffalo preservationists and concerted action by members of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo through the holiday season and into the new year to stem the tide. The Campaign instigated, researched, produced, and submitted no less than three landmark applications at once—for the North Park Library, the Bachelor Apartments, and the Pratt Street Industrial Heritage Area. It was quite a task, and cleared the first hurdle on January 28, when all three nominations were approved by the Preservation board, two of them unanimously. First across the transom was Buffalo's North... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Thank you to all of our 2015 OpenAir Autobus tour participants and supporters for a great season! Many Western New Yorkers as well as a large amount of out of town visitors enjoyed the fun and informative tours conducted by experts commissioned by our Campaign. The OpenAir Autobus will be back next May with several new tours and our popular signature tours starring the Buffalo Whirlwind Tour! Meanwhile we are accepting charter tour reservations for corporate or personal events. Call or email for more information and to reserve your date! 716-854-3749 or email: Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Dear Friend, Rarely a day went by in the past year when both threats to our built heritage and the rehabilitation and adaptation of historic buildings and sites wasn’t in the news and on the streets. The Campaign for Greater Buffalo was there every step of the way. And 2015 promises to bring new challenges. Spirit willing and the resources ready, we can win. For that, we’ll need your help. The Campaign, with its strong membership, expertise, and fortitude, has always been where the community turns for action and strategy. We also put on a good show. In the last... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
OPEN-AIR AUTOBUS TOUR GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE A GREAT IDEA FOR RELATIVES, FRIENDS, BUSINESS ASSOCIATES AND CO-WORKERS! Give your favorite urban explorer, Buffalo lover, history buff, or achitecture fan a two-hour treat with memories that will last a lifetime: An almost reach-out-and-touch ride through the streets of our city and surrounding areas aboard the Open-Air Autobus. Your recipient will gain enlightenment along with entertainment through the narration of Campaign for Greater Buffalo's expert guides. Tours run from late spring to late summer(up to ten different ones to choose from). Your good deed counts twice- gift certificates will also support the Campaign,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Common Council meeting today, Tuesday 2:00pm City Hall. The Campaign for Greater Buffalo is urging city officials to save the only public access on the east shore of the City Ship Canal and not give control to a business that would cut off access... The Campaign for Greater Buffalo strongly supports retaining all of the public-right-of-way of South Michigan Avenue to The City Ship Canal, and to avoid permanent or temporary leases which would in any way impede the unfettered public access that has been in effect there since the waterway was created in the 1850’s. Make no mistake: this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
The "groundbreaking" ceremony for a hotel at the Richardson Olmsted Complex will take place on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The Campaign's board and staff were instrumental in saving the former asylum, filing a lawsuit which led directly to $100,000,000 in state funding for preservation projects, including $75,000,000 for the Richardson, which had been deteriorating unchecked for decades ($25,000,000 went to the Martin House). An 88-room hotel and 300-seat event center are planned. Hotel rooms will be in the two pavilions flanking the Administration Building, which will house hotel reception and an "architecture center." Construction on the $69 million project will... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
10:00 am Sunday Sept 21. Departs at Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washingotn St. @ Lafayette Square. 90 minutes for $25 Buffalo's Hide-in-Plain-Sight secret: The Central Belt Line of the 1880'a, the city's most consequential transportation project since the Erie Canal. See huge industrial plants like Pierce-Arrow, Ford Motor, Larkin Soap, and, of course, the titanic NY Central Terminal itself-powerful and innovative architecture that effects how we live today. Reservations Adult $25.00 USD Child under 12 $10.00 USD Member C4GB $20.00 USD Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Sunday, Sept 7 & Saturday Sept 20. Departing at 10:00am from the Hotel Lafayette @ 391 Washington St.@ Lafayette Square. The lifestyles of the rich and infamous unfold on this fascinating tour of the mansions of Buffalo's titans. Learn of their feats and foibles and evolving taste in conspicuous architectural consumption. Massive Italianate, Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and Shingle-Style houses were a kind of urban Downton Abbey. All was not decourous, however: Mabel Dodge Luhan, who, after trailblazing and swath-cutting life on two continents, wrote a famous memoir that dished the dirt on her youthful Buffalo neighbors. 90... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Experience this great Open-Air Autobus tour with C4GB member and urban planner Chris Hawley on Larkinviile's Market Day! Tour dates are are Thursdays, Aug. 7 through Sept 18. We depart at Larkin Square, Seneca & Emslie at 5:30pm for the approx. 1 hr. tour. Tours cost $10 for all ages and are sponsored by Larkin Development. Cash or credit card accepted upon boarding. You may also reserve seats by calling (716)854-3749 or via Paypal button below. Reservations All ages $10.00 USD Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Head out to Silo City for this amazing event. Thursday, June 5 from 6-10pm! Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
The Campaign for Greater Buffalo has successfully stopped demolition work on the Larkin powerhouse at 645 Seneca Street and submitted an application for local landmark status for the entire Larkin District. The Buffalo Preservation Board adopted the application and voted unanimously to recommend that the Larkin Historic District be created. A public hearing is scheduled for Thursday May 15 at 3:00pm in room 901 of City Hall. Campaign Executive Director Tim Tielman called City of Buffalo Commissioner of Permit and Inspection Services James Comerford on Wednesday afternoon, May 23, to report that, two different people, on two separate occasions, had... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
Members of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture have witnessed and documented illegal demolition activity at a significant Buffalo landmark: the R.J. Reidpath-designed powerhouse. A section of brick wall is being removed by contractors working on behalf of the building's owner, developer Peter Krog. Contractors said the building would be demolished "in a month." Piles of bricks and a wrapped pallet of bricks were photographed by The Campaign. A query at the Department of Inspections revealed no permit for the demolition work, nor applications filed for the building as a whole. The Buffalo Preservation Board, which must... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog
City’s oldest continuously operating market and post-Civil War Meidenbauer-Morgan House threatened by proposed grocery store. The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, working with the city’s Preservation Board, is advocating to designate as historic landmarks two buildings at Maple and High streets in the Fruit Belt neighborhood that are threatened by a proposed grocery store. The Campaign is proposing that the two buildings, the Meidenbauer-Morgan House (1871, above) and the Schirmer Meat Market (1876) be joined with the already-designated Promiseland Baptist Church at High and Mulberry to form a High Street Historic District. The Preservation Board is to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at GreaterBuffaloBlog