May marks "Preservation Month," so here at the Carmina Wood Morris offices we've been doing everything we can to help educate and inspire our community on the importance of Historic places! You may have read our thoughts on the Buffalo Niagara Partnership blog, giving a look inside the redevelopment process; however, this post is going to delve a little deeper, and really express why we feel old places matter!
In case you were wondering, Buffalo is a preservationists dream city. We've already played a part in the redevelopment of numerous buildings; including the Hotel @ Lafayette, the Tishman Building, the LAPC Lofts, and the Remington Lofts on the Canal to name a few. But don't run away just yet! There's still so many places to save!
Cue reason number one why Historic places matter: The opportunity to regain confidence in our city! Buffalo's historic architecture speaks to the growth of our industries, the impact it has had on our residents, and the passion and commitment that many have for preserving our region's buildings.
The second reason why Historic places matter is a bit simpler: The memories and identities that these buildings hold! Old places can help you remember and reference the landmarks that make up your identity (or your families identity). These mental images are irreplaceable, and the buildings that bring about these memories should be too!
Third, we'll bring it back to the basics: Architecture! Redeveloping a Historic building gives the architect an opportunity to engage in a design that interacts with history. The PreservationNation Blog said it perfectly, "We love and revere old buildings for their art and craftsmanship -- and for the way they make us feel. Works of architecture are works of art. Like painting, music, or literature, these buildings help us understand our capacities as humans."
Reason number four: Sustainability! Why continuously build new structures when you can save one from being thrown away? We should strive towards a world where we appreciate history and all it can offer us. A note from our BNP blog post: "It's also important to consider how to make the project viable by inspecting the surroundings to determine what made the building deteriorate...breaking down the building's condition and character."
Last but not least, the fifth reason Historic places matter: History of course! There is something exciting about visiting historic places that carry a story. There is so much we can learn from these buildings, if we only take the time and care to listen.