Preservationists look to save east side building

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Preservationists in Buffalo hope to save a 75-year-old vacant building on the city’s east side.

The Willerts AD Price housing project opened in 1939 and preservationists say it tells the story of the Queen City’s “urban fabric.”

At this location, architect Frederick Backus created one of the nation’s first garden housing projects. For its cultural significance, preservationists say the complex was built in the center of what was then Buffalo’s so-called “black neighborhood,” where white applicants were denied admission.

Preservationist Terrence Robinson said, “We would hope to redevelop it in the same way they’re re-developing the complexes in the Larkin District just a stone’s throw away.”

In 2010, the Preservation League of New York State listed the complex on its “State Seven to Save” list.

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