PGH to BUFF

Hi Everyone!

This is Board Member Mike Panzitta, and I’m here to bring back the new and (hopefully improved) Young Preservationists Association blog. To kick it off, I’m going to talk about preservationists in Buffalo, New York.

Let me explain.

About half a year ago, YPA PGH was contacted by Bernice Radle of Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, an organization founded after some Buffalonians (Buffalo-ites? Buffa-locals? I’ll look that up later) were inspired by the YPA here in Pittsburgh and decided to start a group of their own.

So fellow board members Katy Sawyer, Derek Eversmann, and I packed it up and headed north. I took my camera so I could polish up my burgeoning developing nonexistent photography skills while meeting some super cool Buffa-locals (yeah, I liked that one the best).

 

The Darwin Martin House, a Frank Lloyd Wright work that rivaled Fallingwater in my mind.
The Darwin Martin House, a Frank Lloyd Wright work that rivaled Fallingwater in my mind.

 

The Martin House didn't allow interior photography, so I did what I could outside.
The Martin House didn’t allow interior photography, so I did what I could outside.

 

If you're in Buffalo, you should definitely check out Richardson Olmstead.
If you’re in Buffalo, you should definitely check out Richardson Olmstead.

 

The Richardson Olmstead Complex is a former insane asylum undergoing massive preservation efforts.
The Richardson Olmstead Complex is a former insane asylum undergoing massive preservation efforts. You can read more about this inspiring project here.

 

The Guaranty Building was one of the most impressive buildings in downtown Buffalo.
The Guaranty Building was one of the most impressive buildings in downtown Buffalo.

 

Buffalo City Hall is a fantastic example of Art Deco architecture, which I (often during the trip) pointed out that we don't have enough of in Pittsburgh. Apparently, it got annoying.
Buffalo City Hall is a fantastic example of Art Deco architecture, which I (often during the trip) pointed out that we don’t have enough of in Pittsburgh. Apparently, it got annoying.

 

Some of BYP’s members led a tour around the Five Points neighborhood. This was an awesome structure that I remember absolutely nothing about (sorry).
Some of BYP’s members led a tour around the Five Points neighborhood. It ended at the Connecticut Street Armory. Really, guys?

 

Derek tried to look cool during the tour so Pittsburgh YPA would be represented well.
Derek tried to look cool during the tour so Pittsburgh YPA would be represented well.

 

This is Bernice. She’s excited about preservation.
This is Bernice. She’s excited about preservation.

 

This lame bell memorial was installed by a developer after razing a historic church to build a parking lot. The snark levels were at a maximum by this point, and all thumbs were down for a preservation fail.

 

Katy was so distraught after seeing Rick James’s grave that we had to get a beer (at Resurgence Brewery)
Katy was so distraught after seeing Rick James’ grave that we had to get a beer (at Resurgence Brewery)

All in all, it was a great trip, Getting in contact with BYP has snowballed into reaching out to young preservationists in Cleveland, Indiana, and other places throughout the Rust Belt, inspiring us to begin planning a Preservation Summit to be held here in Pittsburgh this April. More to come in future posts!

If you’re looking to do some preservation, Buffalo-style, come to our Heart Bomb Workshop on February 2nd, where we’ll be using some of the ideas we learned from Bernice and other BYP-ers to show how much we care about some of our Top Ten sites. Read more about the Heart Bomb initiatives here.