Short Histories of Not-for-Profit Preservation Organizations in Buffalo, NY - Table of Contents
Coalition of Erie County - A Short History
|Reason for Formation: Intended to be the action group for preservation
|Some of the leaders:
Susan McCartneyLater Board Members:
David GerberBoard Presidents:
Susan McCartneyExecutive Directors:
Website (Scott Field, Chuck LaChiusa)
Extensive walking tour program. Tour program later merged with the Landmark Society’s daily weekday City Hall walking tour. This cooperation became the nexus for a total merger of the two organizations.
Annual Preservation Awards
Nov./Dec. 1986 - "Preservation Report"
Wrote a number of nominations to the National Trust (Hillary Sternberg)
Provider of an excellent tour program, later in partnership with the LSNF.
Published "Buffalo Waterfront: A Guidebook," authored by Tim Tielman
Organized a voluntary, public Cobblestone District repair (Tim Tielman)
Published "Buffalo's Best," a series of 3 1/2" X 8 1/2" cards
Stopped the NY Telephone Company on Church Street from sheathing their Gothic Revival Skyscraper in a granite box
Helped establish the Joseph Ellicott Historic District, the Cobblestone Historic District and the Hamlin Park Historic District
Took title to the Central Terminal and spun it off to the Central Terminal Restoration Corp.
Organized 600 people to relay cobblestone in the Cobblestone District
Sued NYS to force it to maintain the Richardson complex and won, spurring a long awaited multi-million dollar investment in stabilization with an eye towards rehab and reuse
Successfully sued NY State for its Canal District preservation plan.
Coordinated a successful grassroots campaign and sued NYS to preserve the Canal District and create a destination site that celebrates its history rather than settling for a generic waterfront design.
1997 Preservation lawsuit: Richardson Complex (Richard Lippes)
2000 Preservation lawsuit: Waterfront (Richard Berger)
2007 Threatened preservation lawsuit: Bass Pro (Richard Lippes)
Spin off: Buffalo Architecture and History website. (Chuck LaChiusa)
|Additional online information:
1986 - "Buffalo's Best" 3 1/2" X 8 1/2" cards
1986 - Dr. Frank Kowsky, "Richard Upjohn and the Gothic Revival in Buffalo"
1989 - Nomination: Plymouth Methodist Church and Parsonage
1990 - Tim Tielman, "Buffalo Waterfront: A Guidebook" excerpts
1996 - Cynthia Van Ness, The Old Curiosity Shop
1997 - Charles Hendler, Maria Maltby Love and Her Crèche
1997 - Tim Tielman, et. al., Local Landmark Designation Application: Jefferson Avenue Shul (online April 2020)
1999 - Tim Tielman, Bungalow Style Houses in Buffalo, New York
2000 - Preservation Coalition, City Team Up to Build Observation Deck Overlooking Canal District
2008 - Blythe Merrill, History of LSNF and PresCo Speech
2017 - Mark Sommer, 2017 Outstanding Citizen: Tim Tielman, force in Buffalo preservation (online April 2020)
2020 - Mark Sommer, Metcalfe House, Preserved in Part at Buffalo State, Helped Launch a Movement
Esenwein & Johnson: City of Buffalo Building Permits 1898-1914
Francis R. Kowsky on the Web
A Career in Preservation: Richard Lippes
by Chuck LaChiusa in 2020
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