** Update 12/19/2011: The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company are proud to announce that Buffalo’s Central Terminal has received the most votes on the Buffalo Challenge Facebook page, and will be awarded a $10,000 preservation grant. Check out this Buffalo Rising post to read more about how the Central Terminal Restoration Corp. plans to use the money. **
Looking back, there's been a whole lot of Buffalo in 2011.
First came Buffalo Unscripted, a documentary (read: preservation lovefest) that gave several hundred Buffalonians their big screen debut. Then the National Preservation Conference rolled around, for which thousands of preservationists poured into Western New York and discovered what we knew from the very beginning - falling in Buffalove is forever. Which is exactly why we're thrilled to announce that our Queen City crush is not only alive and well, but getting even bigger.
Welcome to the Buffalo Challenge, also known as your opportunity to help us hand out some serious dough.
Chosen with the help of our local partner, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, four Nickel City jaw-droppers (in a historic sense) are in the running for a $10,000 grant. The winner will be determined quite democratically via a public vote, which kicked off this morning on Facebook. Members of the public - as in you and everyone you know - are invited to vote one time during the week-long voting period, which ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 18th.
What are the four sites, you ask? Behold!
Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of some very generous people. As the sponsors of the This Place Matters campaign, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and National Trust Insurance Services, LLC have given the National Trust $150,000 since 2009 to help Americans tell the stories of the places that matter to them. Earlier this year, over 80,000 people participated in the campaign by voting for historic places across the country.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to the Buffalo Challenge Facebook page and vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced here on our blog on Monday, December 19th at 8:00 a.m. ET. And if you're curious, complete voting rules and instructions can be found here.
Let's go, Buffalo!