The Campaign for Greater Buffalo has embarked on an ambitious building documentation project. Begun early this year, Campaign interns have already researched, compiled data, and written narratives of over two dozen Buffalo buildings. Dan Richer, a recent history graduate of SUNY Fredonia, and Ryan Wheatley, a history and anthropology graduate of Gettysburg College who is going on to Temple University for a PhD, worked under the direction of Campaign Board members. Tim Tielman, executive Director of The Campaign, and Paul McDonnell, Chair of the Campaign, who sit on the Landmarks Subcommittee of the City of Buffalo Preservation Board, are regularly submitting documented buildings for landmark designation. So far, a baker's dozen have passed through the Preservation Board and the Common Council to be designated as City of Buffalo landmarks.
They are the General Electric Tower, Masten Avenue Armory, Bennett High School & All High Stadium, Michigan Street Baptist Church, Grover Cleveland High School, Kensington High School, Riverside High School, East High School, Engine No. 26, (693 Tonawanda Street in Riverside), Concrete Central Elevator, Cargill Superior Elevator, the Samuel Schenck House (which sits in the middle of Grover Cleveland Park)
We'll be featuring these buildings in individual posts, to give them their proper due, and to facilitate internet searching and use in our new LearnAboutBuffalo program. Want to hone your research and writing skills while documenting Buffalo's historic architecture, and maybe see your work result in landmark designations? Give Tim Tielman a call at 716-854-3749.
In the meantime, hats off to Campaign volunteer interns Dan and Ryan!
That's Dan Richer at left, in front of the Electric Tower, one of the buildings he documented for The Campaign this spring. His work led to a designation of the building as an official landmark.