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Modernist WNY

Preservation Buffalo Niagara offers a glimpse of WNY’s futurist past



Images courtesy of Preservation buffalo niagara

 

It’s common to think OF Buffalo’s architectural legacy as limited to structures that are well over a hundred years old, but there are significant buildings from the Modernist era (roughly, 1930s–60s) throughout the region.

 

On September 6 through 12, Preservation Buffalo Niagara celebrates Western New York’s Modernist architecture and its role in influencing modern architectural sensibilities around the world.

 

The programs combine online and in-person options; for safety, the in-person options are self-guided. Included:

• Drive Yourself MODern (self-guided driving tour)

• Modernly North Park (self-guided walking tour)

• Modern Living: Intro to Postwar Homes, live webinar

• Let’s Swim! North Tonawanda’s Historic Memorial Pool (live webinar)

• Lustron: House of the Future (live webinar)

 

 

Last year, PBN held a similar event entitled Modernism Week. It included lectures and tours of such structures as the Niagara Falls Public Library and Temple Beth Zion. Programs like these are essential to build a culture that embraces our important architecture, especially buildings that can be a hard sell for tradition-minded architecture buffs. Visit preservationbuffaloniagara.org for more information and to register.

 

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