Save Trico: Getting Up To Speed On Trico

For those who do not know about the Trico Plant #1 Preservation Battle that has occured for almost two years now, you should get up to speed on why it is important to save this iconic building.

This article appeared in the Buffalo Spree Print Edition in March 2012. It basically sums up the history of Trico and why the building is a perfect candidate for adaptive reuse.

You can read it here:



Are The Stars Aligning for Trico?

This Buffalorising article appeared today… it confirms the rumors we have heard as well. Hopefully Krog group will find a reuse plan that is compliant with the SHPO Historic Preservation guidelines and uses the entire complex. 

You can read it here:

Painting for Preservation Heads To Trico! Saturday, June 1st – 9:30am – 12:30pm!

Great news!

Have you heard about Painting for Preservation? Mark your calendars!! On Saturday, June 1st, 2013 at 9:30am – 12:30pm, P4P heads to Trico Plant #1! We are excited to see people come out and draw/paint/sketch/photograph the Trico building.

About Painting for Preservation:

Mission: To bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. To create artwork on-site related to the location as a means of raising positive awareness of the space.

You can find more information on P4P here:

The upcoming June Painting for Preservation events are as follows:

·         Saturday, June 1st , 9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Art-in at Trico Plant #1, 791 Washington St., Buffalo

·         Friday, June 7th, 7 pm – Artist Talk at C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin Ave., Buffalo

·         Wednesday, June 12th, 5 pm – 7:30 pm – Art-in at Niagara Square, Buffalo (in conjunction with BALLE conference)

·         Saturday, June 22nd,  9:30 am – 12:30 pm – Art-in at St. Ann’s Church, Broadway and Emslie, Buffalo

·         Friday, June 28th,  6 pm – 8 pm – Closing Reception at C.G. Jung Center, 408 Franklin Ave., Buffalo


Artists who participate in these art-in will have the opportunity to exhibit their completed and/or partially completed artwork at the C.G. Jung Center in an on-going exhibit.Image

Buffalo News: Trico Landmark Fails – Round 2

An effort to protect the vacant former Trico building that serves as a gateway to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus from possible demolition failed Tuesday.

The Common Council was deadlocked, 4-4, on designating the Trico Complex at Washington and Goodell streets as a local landmark. Five votes were needed for the designation to be approved.

A landmark designation would give the city’s Preservation Board greater oversight and offer the building a level of protection from demolition.

The Medical Campus, which owns development rights to the sprawling former windshield wiper factory, was opposed to the designation, and principals said that if after six months of collaboration with the preservation community a reuse cannot be found, they would like to tear it down.

The designation question had been before the Council for one year, and when Tuesday’s meeting began, it was not clear how the vote would go.

Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen, in whose district the complex lies and who voted against landmark status, said the complex appears too far gone for restoration, though some of it should be saved. The Medical Campus should work with the preservation community, as it has stated it would, to see if it can be redeveloped, and the campus should act quickly, he said.

Voting with Pridgen were Council President Richard A. Fontana, Majority Leader Demone A. Smith and Council Member Christopher P. Scanlon.

Voting in favor of landmark status were Council Members David A. Franczyk, Joseph Golombek, Michael J. LoCurto and David A. Rivera.

Council Member Bonnie E. Russell did not attend Tuesday’s meeting.

Preservationists said they were hoping the Council would consider only the city’s preservation ordinance, which offers nine criteria for a building or site to be designated a local landmark, and does not include such factors as whether a building can be reused.

“We heard arguments that the building doesn’t look nice,” said Paul McDonnell, chairman of the city’s Preservation Board, which submitted the landmark application to the Council. “Those are the things that disappoint us.”

McDonnell was referring to comments made by Smith, who said he showed visitors the Trico complex and said they were not impressed, as they had been with the city’s other architecture.

The Trico complex is designated a landmark on the National Register.

Also Tuesday, the Common Council called on state government to grant development rights for the next nine to 12 months to a group interested in building a sports and entertainment complex on the outer harbor.

“A stadium in downtown Buffalo is what people want,” Smith said.

Principals with Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex sent a letter to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority on Monday offering to purchase development rights for 150 acres and “limited profit sharing” with the authority.

The authority’s chairman, Howard Zemsky, has said the development rights won’t be granted for that project.



4-4 for Trico.

Today, the Common Council voted 4-4 regarding landmarking Trico. In favor: Franczyk, Golumbek, LoCurto, Rivera. Against: Fontana, Pridgen, Scanlon, Smith. Russell was not present. Our current understanding is that this is it, there’s no further vote, and the only way to get Trico landmarked is to successfully go through the ENTIRE process all over again.

We will continue to move forward and get this building landmarked and ultimately reused. This is not over!

More to come. If you have any questions, concerns or ideas – email!

An Open Letter from BYP to the Buffalo Common Council: Support for Locally Landmarking the Trico Plant #1

All Members of the Common Council City Hall
Buffalo, NY 14204

RE: Support for Locally Landmarking the Trico Plant #1

To whom it may concern,

We, Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, write in full support of local landmarking the Nationally Register-listed Trico Plant No. 1 Building located in the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The question is not, “Why should Trico Plant #1 be a local landmark?” Instead, the question is, “Why isn’t Trico already one?”

Trico Plant #1 is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places which proves, and meets numerous City of Buffalo landmark criteria, including (1), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9). The building has character, interest and value as part of the development, heritage and cultural characteristics of the City, state and nation. It exemplifies the historic, architectural, economic and cultural heritage of the City of Buffalo. The complex is identified with John R. Oishei, a person who significantly contributed to the development of the City and still continues to do so through the Oishei Foundation that he initiated.

Trico Plant #1 embodies distinguishing characteristics of the “Daylight Factory” modern architectural style, which has been valuable for the study of a period, type, and method of construction. Deeply influencing not only American but German, French and other modern architects, the building embodies elements of design that render it architecturally significant. Showing its internal construction, was both structurally and architecturally innovative.

The building should be designated based on those facts alone, but Buffalo should consider one more thing: making Trico Plant #1 a local landmark is sound public policy, in line with ideas established in the City’s new Green Code, and the Comprehensive Plan outlined in 2006. The building is eligible for New York and Federal historic tax credits, making many of the BNMC’s plans possible, but only if the structural and historic integrity is maintained.

Examples to follow are not even that far away: the buildings of the Larkin District have nearly the same exact floor plate and design, and have been rehabilitated spectacularly. The same could be done with Trico, avoiding a demolition that would be costly, as well as environmentally and historically irresponsible.

In closing, to not protect and reuse Trico Plant #1 would fly in the face of rationality, in the face of environmental and economic sustainability, as well as the proven successes around Buffalo. To ignore the significance of the building to Buffalo’s past would be in direct violation of the city’s own mission and guidelines in regards to historic structures. Designating this building a local landmark ensures its integrity as a cultural resource, as well as preserves it to potentially become another example of sound, sustainable, development practices, and to do anything otherwise would be negligent on the part of this city and its leadership.

Buffalo’s Young Preservationists

CC: Buffalo Preservation Board, Buffalo Common Council, Hon. Mayor Byron Brown