Conference Digest, Day 2: An Evening With Buffalo Modern

Posted on: October 21st, 2011 by Guest Writer

Fellow Columbia University First Year Historic Preservation Students. (Photo: Hilary Grossman)

After a long day of education lectures, walking tours, and networking there was still one more event on Thursday's agenda: Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program and TrustModern's reception and tour at the 1973 Buffalo News Building, designed by Edward Durell Stone.

Historic Printing Press - shown on the tour to show how far printing presses have come. (Photo: Hilary Grossman)

Walking into the solid concrete lobby with blocking detail, we were overwhelmed by the streamline modern theory that was applied to the 150,000 square foot building. After taking the elevator up the top floor we were greeted by two second-years and a 36 square foot garden growing inside the two-story atrium.

The tour was led by one of the managers of the Buffalo News. First stop: a historic newspaper where he explained the background of the company. Following his overall explanation he led us downstairs to take a tour of the editorial room and printing room. He showed us everything from the commercial printers to the printing press. He went over in detail how the press works and how the plates are made -- all highly informative. Concluding the night and tour we saw an actual plate being loaded on the press before it went into action.

I recommend anyone that didn’t go to the event to go see the Buffalo News Building. This modern Buffalo gem is open to the public at anytime.

Hilary Grossman is a Columbia University Historic Preservation First Year Master Student, member of the Social Networking and Historic Preservation Class, and  a graduate of Bachelor of Architecture from The Ohio State University.


Some other news and notes from yesterday's PresConf proceedings: Though we livestreamed Thursday's general session on "Preservation in the Age of Sustainability," we do not have a final recording for the event. Apologies to anyone who wanted to catch it later. The good news is, today's general session on right-sizing was captured just fine  -- we'll be sharing that tomorrow.

For tweets from yesterday's sessions, highlights of the Awards ceremony, and on-the-ground coverage of evening events like Museums by moonlight and the Candlelight House Tour, please check out the #presconf feed.

~Julia Rocchi

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