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Last Special Open-Air Autobus Tour of the season: INTO THE HEART OF BLACK ROCK : WAR OF 1812 EDITION

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This is your chance for a seat on our last specialty tour of 2013! Departing from Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Pkwy. at 1pm.Click on the handy PayPal button below to make your reservations or call (716) 854-3749 and you'll be ready to step on board Buffalo's one and only Open-air Autobus for this professionally guided tour.

Black Rock was until 1853 an independent village in biter competition with Buffalo for supremacy on the Great Lakes. Buffalo won and eventually absorbed Black Rock, but a distinctive place remained. From LaSalle Park to the renewed Amherst Street, we'll trace the history of the place from 1609 to WWI, with a special emphasis on the War of 1812, which was raging 200 years ago.

Discover an all-but-forgotten border railroad station and customs house and a real rarity, the circa 1830 Howell House. We'll also see some wonderful renovation projects, including a firehouse converted to a house, not to mention a cannonball factory, the Black Rock Lock, and several beautiful churches.

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Future of St. Ann's Likely Hinges on Tuesday Council Vote

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The Diocese of Buffalo, owner of one of Buffalo’s irreplaceable cultural landmarks, wants to demolish it and opposes what would be the first step in first step in its restoration: designation as a City of Buffalo landmark. 

The Buffalo Common Council's Legislation Committee, chaired by Ellicott District Council Member Darius Pridgen is holding a public hearing on the Buffalo Preservation Board's recommendation that the church be designated a city landmark. An abridgedted version of the application, without photographs to reduce file size, can be downloaded here: Download St. Ann Landmark App abridged 

Officials of the Diocese of Buffalo plan to speak against the landmarking of St. Ann’s Church at the Common Council Legislation Committee hearing on the issue on Tuesday, Sept 24. This is the only public hearing the Council is required to have on the Preservation Board’s recommendation that the massive 1878 Gothic Revival be declared a landmark. The Campaign for Greater Buffalo has long urged the designation of St. Ann’s, and the Diocese’s announcement in August that it wanted to demolish the structure got the ball rolling. When designated a landmark by local, state, or federal bodies, churches become eligible for public and private preservation funds not otherwise available to religious organizations.

Can’t make it in person? Email support letters to the Buffalo City Clerk, Gerald Chwalinski, who will copy to all council members: gchwalinski@city-buffalo.com. Include your name and mailing address. Do it right now!


AMERICAN DREAMS: HOUSES OF E.B. GREEN, Saturday 1 pm

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E.B. Green (1855-1950) is Buffalo's most distinguished hometown acrhitect. Of his 300 buildings, the most overlooked are his "small" houses (to distinguish the from his truly intimidating mansions on Delaware Avenue). Fine structures of wood, brick, and stone, they are tucked away on sidestreets, radiating charm and poise in relative anonymity. Until now. Join us as we hunt down the houses and tell the tales of the people who lived there!

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Buffalo's Whirlwind Tour weekends through September!

 

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Professionally guided tour on the Open-Air Autobus of Buffalo by the non-for profit organization "Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture". The Buffalo Whirlwind Tour gives you all the architectural highlights of Buffalo-buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson, and Loius Sullivan, grand civic architecture, historic districts, as well as the terminus of the Erie Canal.

The starting point is conveniently located among the restaurants and cafes of  the Elmwood Avenue. Saturdays and Sunday 10 am -noon. Call (716)854-3749 to reserve your seats, or click the handy button below!

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** SORRY, SATURDAY SEPT. 28 NOT RUNNING DUE TO DEDICATION SOUTH LAWN PARK HH RICHARDSON COMPLEX! SUNDAY SEPT 29 SEATS STILL AVAILABLE.

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ADVENTURE ON THE BELT LINE this Saturday on the OPEN-AIR AUTOBUS!

CAMPAIGN FOR GREATER BUFFALO tour of industrial strength architecture Sat. Sept. 14 , 1-3pm departing from Elmwood and Great Arrow. Call 716-854-3749 for reservations.

SORRY, THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT!

It is one of Buffalo's Hide-in-Plain-Sight secrest: The NY Central Belt Line of the 1880's, the city's most consequential transportation project since the Erie Canal. The Belt Line attracted huge inustrail plants like Pierce-Arrow, Ford Motor, Larkin Soap, and, of course, the titanic Central Terminal itself. See powerful and innovative architecture that effects how we live today. 

SORRY, THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT!

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LAST OF THEIR KIND; CHURCHES OF OAKLEY AND SCHALLMO

Special 4-hour tour Saturday Sept. 7, 1-5pm from Elmwood Ave.@Bidwell Pkwy.Cost of tour is $50. Call the Campaign for Greater Buffalo, History, Architecture and Culture at (716)854-3749 for reservations.

All reservations cancelled at least 2 days prior to tour date will be issued a full refund. All reservations cancelled within 2 days or less will be charged the full amount of the reservation.

Chester Oakley (1893-1968) and Albert Schallmo (1884-1928) worked together for just nine years before Schallmo's premature death. The last years of the partnership produced four exquisite churches in the four corners of the city: St. John's in Riverside, St. Casimir's in Kaisertown, St. Luke's on Sycamore St. on the East Side, and Blessed Trinity, serving the north-central part of the expanding city. Their work was the end of an era: the Great Depression soon came, and afterwards church construction was less inspired. This is a rare chance to see these marvels of brick and terracotta in one day!


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