'Twas the day before Conference, and all through the nation
Pres-fans were buzzing, displaying elation.
Dreaming of places in need of repair,
Knowing the Conference soon would be there.
The Buffalomentum is rising. Thousands will descend on the Nickel City tomorrow. And here's a round-up of articles to help you prepare.
From BuffaloNews.com's article "Buffalo's heritage takes center stage": "Hosting the National Preservation Conference - and the recognition that comes with it - is seen as a sign that Buffalo has arrived as a leading destination for late 19th and early 20th century architecture. "Every city is looking for an edge, for its story to tell, and this is Buffalo's," said Ed Healy, vice president of marketing for Visit Buffalo Niagara. "This amazing collection of American architecture is our point of difference."
NBC News 2 spoke with Ed Healy of Visit Buffalo Niagara about the ways to take part in the conference events and festivities. Ed noted that "This is an opportunity to raise awareness about preservation," said Healy. "Preservation is an economic development tool. It's a tool that communities can use to help save and interpret their history."
BuffaloNews.com highlights some of the tours taking place this week: "The preservation movement in a lot of people's minds is still about the iconic structures, and we're lucky to have some fantastic ones," said Anthony Armstrong, program officer with Local Initiatives Support Corp. "But more and more nationally, and I think here locally also, people are learning that preservation is as much about preserving the historic context and in many ways the lifestyles of these older neighborhoods."
Buffalo Rising has a piece on Buffalo's tax-credit properties and is excited to show them off to all the preservationists coming to town. "The tax credit- assisted projects have helped save some of Buffalo's landmark properties, leveraging tens of millions of private sector investment while creating hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, thousands of square feet of commercial space and hundreds of apartments. The polished jewels will proudly be on display for 2,500 preservationists from across the country this week."
In their article "Preservation group to honor Martin House," Buffalo Business First notes that the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin Martin House, now restored, was vacant and in disrepair as recently as the 1990s.
Sure, the conference is centered in and focused on the city of Buffalo. But Niagara Falls is getting a little preservationist love, too.
The Buffalo Lighthouse, the city's oldest continuously-located building, will be open to the public this week. WNED Buffalo Toronto reports that "the area around the lighthouse has been fenced off from the working base and there's a new sidewalk allowing access to the historic structure and providing benches for visitors to view the Waterfront and other historic buildings with maintenance by Erie County."
Did you know we've been making a documentary highlighting Buffalo's passionate local preservationists? Jason Clement, the film's director, wrote for Buffalo Rising about how Buffalo is "a place where, if you're willing to un-tuck your shirt and get really dirty, you can get it done. And by "it," I mean that idea that has always been in the back of your head - a restored home, a better block, your own artwork, a new business." Information on the premiere of Buffalo Unscripted: A City Speaks is on the Buffalo Unscripted blog.
David Garber is a member of the Digital and New Media team at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.