Save $10 on Buffalo Marathon Tour and Reserve Now!

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The Early Bird catches the worm and saves $10 on our always popular Buffalo Marathon course tour, held the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Just click on the "Book Now" button below, and you can reserve. You don't have to be a runner, either. Many locals like taking the tour, which goes to many places our famed Whirlwind Tour doesn't, like LaSalle Park on the Lake Erie, The Connecticut St. Armory, and Parkside and the Darwin Martin House.

Relax, scout the Buffalo Marathon route aboard the fabulous Open-Air Autobus, and get expert commentary on the city’s landmarks and lore the whole 26.2 miles. (If you are a runner, the next day you’ll be in too much of a hurry)

You won’t break a sweat, either. 

Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, mansions by McKim, Mead & White, parks by Frederick Law Olmsted, historic office buildings, towering grain elevators, picturesque neighborhoods: all seen and explained. All in the time it takes to run a nice marathon, about 2:20.

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture is the official tour provider for the Buffalo Marathon, and no one knows the city better than them. They have been chosen to lead runners, families, friends, and whoever wants a great tour and a great time, along a route known for its great architecture, absorbing history, and beautiful waterfront vistas.

$40 in advance. $50 at curb. Call 716-854-3749 for more info or to charge by phone. We will add an 11:00am departure if first tour sells out by May 12.

Buffalo Whirlwind tour

 

 


2018 Buffalo Whirlwind Tour starts the last weekend of June!

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Hi Gang, we've just opened reservations for our most popular tour, the Buffalo Whirlwind, for Summer 2018. Our season starts with the Buffalo Marathon Tour on Memorial Day Weekend (see previous post). Our regular public tours start the last weekend of June and continue every summer weekend. We'll be posting other tours as we put the schedule together.

Groups—schools, weddings, alumni associations, company outings—can charter the bus any day between May 27 and Sept. 30.

There is simply no better way to see Buffalo and grasp what it is all about than a tour on the Open-Air Autobus. 2018 is our 12th season. It really is the best way to get around and see, hear, and smell Buffalo (ahh, toasted oats, chicken wings, charcoal-grilled hot dogs!).

Open-Air Autobus tours are built on 30 years’ worth of architectural and his- torical research by members of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture in the course of preservation activities. The tours enhance our educational mission and help cover the costs of wide-ranging preservation work.

The Campaign is Buffalo’s most dynamic preservation organization. Our tours reflect our character: Passionate, lively, and knowledgeable. Five-star reviews: People rave about us on TripAdvisor.

The Campaign’s tours are popular, informative, well-done. Most are led by Campaign Chairman Paul McDonnell or Campaign Executive Director Tim Tielman. Both are experts not only on the architecture and history of the city, but veterans of the battles to save Buffalo's landmarks. We are the go-to organization for the general public and experts alike.

By doing a tour, you are doing good: We are a charitable organization chartered by the New York State Dept. of Education. Revenues are plowed directly back into local historic preservation.

Reserve online by clicking the button below the tour description, or call us for reservations at 716-854-3749. You'll need a charge card handy.


The Buffalo Whirlwind Tour

• 10:00am Saturdays & Sundays June 30 - September 30.

• Meet at Elmwood & Potomac Aves. $25. Discounts for groups of 10 or more.

• Reservations: Click on button below or call 716-854-3749

There are few places you can see buildings by America’s Big Three architects— Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and H.H. Richardson— plus a park system by Frederick Law Olmsted. Buffalo is one of them.

On this tour, besides the master works by the Masters, you’ll see scores of other beautiful buildings and houses by prominent national and international architects and the streets and neighborhoods where Buffalonians carry on their everyday lives.

We start with the foundation of modern Buffalo, and modern urban America: The building and grounds of what was the Buffalo State Hospital, designed by H.H. Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted, conceived in 1870. We end with the Heath House by Frank Lloyd Wright of 1904.

In between, you’ll see world-altering industrial architecture, the preening mansions of Delaware Avenue, and the prototype for the skyscraper, Sullivan’s Guaranty Building. We’ll put it all in context for you, as we point out dozens of buildings as markers of Buffalo’s progress through the years.

You’ll see:

• Kleinhans Music Hall • First Presbyterian Church • Ellicott Square by Daniel Burnham & Co. • St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral by Richard Upjohn • The Canal District • Niagara & Lafayette squares • Millionaires’ Row • Allentown Historic District • Delaware Historic District • City Hall and Old County Hall • Theater Historic District • Bidwell, Chapin, Lincoln parkways

The Whirlwind tour is an astounding 90-minute tour of a great American city, given by the passionate experts of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture.

Buffalo Whirlwind tour

 

Charter the Open-Air Autobus!

Tour anywhere around Buffalo anytime you want by chartering the Open-Air Autobus. There is no better way to see, hear, smell the city. We’ve done tours for students from grade 2 to graduate students, weddings, bar mitzvahs, reunions, and corporations. You get a ride like no other and expert commentary from the passionate pros of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. We know our stuff!

• 46-person capacity • See-thru, roll-down rain fly • $700 for up to two hours with expert commentary; longer tours available • About $15 per person at capacity • $400 for up to three hours for bus & driver only • Take a walking tour with same top-notch experts: $200 for 2 hrs. for up to 20 people; $10 ea. add’l. Call now: 716-854-3749

 


Get on board our May 26 Buffalo Marathon Tour!

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May 26 is your chance to relax, scout the Buffalo Marathon route aboard Buffalo’s fabulous Open-Air Autobus, and get expert commentaryon the city’s landmarks and lore the whole 26.2 miles. (The next day you’ll be in too much of a hurry)

You won’t break a sweat, either. 

Houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, mansions by McKim, Mead & White, parks by Frederick Law Olmsted, historic office buildings, towering grain elevators, picturesque neighborhoods: all seen and explained. All in the time it takes to run a nice marathon, about 2:20.

The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture is the official tour provider for the Buffalo Marathon, and no one knows the city better than them. They have been chosen to lead runners, families, friends, and whoever wants a great tour and a great time, along a route known for its great architecture, absorbing history, and beautiful waterfront vistas.

$40 in advance. $50 at curb. Call 716-854-3749 for more info or to charge by phone. We will add an 11:00am departure if first tour sells out by May 12.

Buffalo Whirlwind tour

 

 


Get on Board our Deep-Dive September Presentations!

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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture is presenting deep dives into Buffalo Architecture on September weekends. It is using its Open-Air Autobus as a mobile platform to compliment in-depth discussions on Frank Lloyd Wright, the Belt Line Railroad, the mansions of Buffalo's elite, the Green & Wicks architectural catalog, and the field guide to American Architecture that is Central Park. Each presentation lasts 2 hours and costs $30. 

All the details on our unique mobile presentations are below; make sure you scroll all the way down! 

Reserve online by clicking the button below, or call us for reservations at 716-854-3749.

 

Buffalo Whirlwind tour

 

Open-Air Autobus: See, hear, smell the city with passionate experts!

There is simply no better way to see Buffalo and grasp what it is all about than a tour on the Open-Air Autobus. 2017 is our 11th season. It really is the best way to get around and see, hear, and smell Buffalo (ahh, toasted oats, chicken wings, charcoal-grilled hot dogs!). Peeling off the roof of our custom bus gives full visibility for everyone: up, around, and across.

Open-Air Autobus tours are built on 30 years’ worth of architectural and historical research by members of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture in the course of preservation activities. The tours enhance our educational mission and help cover the costs of wide-ranging preservation work.

The Campaign is Buffalo’s most dynamic preservation organization. Our tours reflect our character: Passionate, lively, and knowledgeable. Five-star reviews: People rave about us on TripAdvisor.

The Campaign’s tours are popular, informative, well-done. We are the go-to organization for the general public and experts alike. To recap: Experts aboard; full visibility, one-of-a-kind bus; great reviews; and, you help save Buffalo's heritage!

By doing a tour, you are doing good: We are a charitable organization chartered by the New York State Dept. of Education. Revenues are plowed directly back into local historic preservation.

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This Old Mansion

•Sept 16, 10:00am.

• 2-hour tour, $30.

•Meet at Elmwood & Potomac aves.

•Reservations: click on button at top or call 716-854-374

The story of the houses and neighborhoods of Buffalo’s high society unspools before you in this presentation given by Paul McDonnell, architect and president of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo. See the evolving taste of the upper classes embodied in massive Italianate, Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and Shingle Style showpieces. You’ll see some familiar houses and a 5-story-tall mansion straight out of The Addams Family that you’ve probably never seen. A full cast of characters—from the architects to their clients to the staff, relatives, hangers-on and business and social associates—fills out the story.

 

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo

• Sept. 17, 2017 at 10:00am.

• 2-hr. tour. $30 (C4GB members 20% off).

• Meet at Elmwood and Potomac aves.

• Reservations: Click on button at top or call 716-854-3749

As an artistic figure, Frank Lloyd Wright  has been compared to Michelangelo and Rembrandt (Wright would have agreed). He built one of his most influential houses, the D. D. Martin House, in Buffalo. This tour encompasses all five of Wright’s Buffalo houses —the Martin and Barton houses, the Gardener’s Cottage, Davidson and Heath houses, as well as previously unbuilt designs for a mausoleum and a boathouse. The houses are within Colonial-, Period Revival, and Craftsman-flavored neighborhoods. We’ll view the houses in these historical contexts. We start at Soldiers’ Place, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as we contemplate Wright’s Heath House and take a peek at an exact reproduction of Richardson’s Stoughton House of Cambridge, Mass. — the Shingle Style archetype that first expressed the design principles Wright would extend to their fullest. Vincent Scully, Jr., dean of American architectural historians, notes that “beside their Olmsted Parkway, these two houses express the continuity of organically developing American architecture, as well as important changes in that development between the early 80’s and 1900.” Perspectives you won’t want to miss!

 

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Green & Wicks-a-thon

• Sept. 24, 2017 at 10:00am.

• 2-hr. tour. $30 (C4GB members 20% off).

• Meet at Elmwood and Potomac aves.

• Reservations: Click on button at top or call 716-854-3749

E.B. Green (1855-1950) and William Sydney Wicks (1854-1919) headed Buffalo’s most distinguished architectural firm. Tim Tielman, Executive Director of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, presents a bushel basket of some their over 300 designs — superb examples of office buildings, shops, apartment buildings, middle-class houses, and mansions. Fine structures of wood, brick, and stone, they are prominently sited or tucked away on side streets, radiating charm and poise. Join us as we hunt down dozens of the buildings and tell the tales of the people who lived, worked, worshiped, and socialized there. Sept. 24, 10:00am. $30. Reservations: 716-854-3749 or click on button at top

 

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Central Park: Field Guide to Architectural Style

• Sept. 30, 2017 at 10:00am.

• 2-hr. tour. $30 (C4GB members 20% off).

• Meet in front of BennettHigh School, 2880 Main Street, Buffalo

• Reservations: Click on button at top or call 716-854-3749


Charter the Open-Air Autobus!

Tour anywhere around Buffalo anytime you want by chartering the Open-Air Autobus. There is no better way to see, hear, smell the city. We’ve done tours for students from grade 2 to graduate students, weddings, bar mitzvahs, reunions, and corporations. You get a ride like no other and expert commentary from the passionate pros of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. We know our stuff!

• 46-person capacity • See-thru, roll-down rain fly • $700 for up to two hours with expert commentary; longer tours available • About $15 per person at capacity • $400 for up to three hours for bus & driver only • Take a walking tour with same top-notch experts: $200 for 2 hrs. for up to 20 people; $10 ea. add’l. Call now: 716-854-3749