The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier and the Preservation Coalition of Erie County merged in 2009 to become Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), building on their 30-year history to ensure that the Buffalo region would have a strong, effective, and professional preservation organization.
A change in leadership in 2015 set the organization on a renewed trajectory, expanding the staff, quadrupling the annual organizational budget, nearly doubling membership, and adding in a wide range of programming designed to make preservation relevant to a much wider cross-section of people.
PBN’s diligence, perseverance, and dedication to creating an anti-racist preservation movement is what makes them an exceptional and unparalleled model for preservation in the future.
Since 1984, the Preservation League of NYS’s statewide awards program has highlighted projects, organizations, publications, and individuals that represent the best in the field of historic preservation.
The Awards recognize the people who are using historic preservation to build stronger neighborhoods, create local jobs, provide affordable housing, open our eyes to overlooked history, and save special places.
Additional 2021 Awardees include:
Clinton Avenue Historic Apartments | Albany, NY
Proctors Collaborative | Albany + Saratoga Springs
SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center | Binghamton, Broome Co.
Arbor Gerard Block & Carroll St Warehouse Rehabilitation Project | Elmira, Chemung Co.
Steven Engelhart | Keeseville, Clinton Co.
Whitcomb’s Garage Adaptive Reuse Project | Whallonsburg, Essex Co
Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel | Brooklyn, Kings Co
Central Presbyterian Church Exterior Restoration | Manhattan, New York Co.
@syracusehistory (Instagram by David Haas) | Syracuse, Onondaga Co.
Photo of PBN Executive Director Jessie Fisher (center) in a black dress and grey patterned blazer courtesy Preservation Buffalo Niagara.