BYP Letter of Support – Let’s Make Trico a Local Landmark!

The Buffalo Preservation Board
901 City Hall, 65 Niagara Square,
Buffalo, NY 14202

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 floorplate 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.

Sincerely,

Buffalo’s Young Preservationists

bypteam@gmail.com


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

Local Landmark Meeting Announced! March 26th at 2pm! Be There!

On Tuesday, March 26th at 2pm in the common council chambers, the Common Council Legislative Committee will be holding a public meeting to discuss locally landmarking the Trico Plant # 1 building!

This is a BIG meeting. We need you – all of you – to come out in support of locally landmarking the iconic Trico Plant # 1 building.  We URGE you to contact your council member and Mr. Pridgen and let them know that Trico deserves to be a local landmark in Buffalo! Here is the link to ALL the common council members and their emails. Write or call and let them know that the Iconic Trico building deserves to be a Buffalo Local Landmark. Here is their contact info – LINK

Read below for background info on why this is important!

In April of 2011, concerned citizens and preservation groups went to the common council to have Trico made into a local landmark which will protect it from demolition. It was unanimously voted in favor of being a local landmark by the preservation board! However, the final decision was up to Council Member Pridgen because the BNMC is located within his territory. At that time, he tabled the decision despite it meeting more than the needed criteria that defines a local landmark.

As of today, the Local Landmark has been tabled which means a decision has not yet been made. On January 3, 2013, PBN sent a letter to Council Member Pridgen asking what was holding this decision up now that the BNMC has decided to demolish 60% of Trico. You can read that letter and the article here.

Here is the link from Artvoice that explains why and how it became tabled. Click here.

If you have any questions, concerns or ideas for Trico, please email us at savetrico@gmail.com.

-Save Trico

trico entrance

Lets Make Trico A Local Landmark! Public Hearing Meeting 3/21at 3pm!

SAVE TRICO! Lets Make Trico A Local Landmark!

A public Hearing will conducted for Trico Plant (791 Washington St. AKA 817 Washington St.)  by the Buffalo Preservation Board in Room 901 City Hall on Thursday, March 21, 2013 @ 3:00pm. The purpose of the meeting is to review the application for the Trico Plant #1 for landmark consideration.

The facebook event invite is here – https://www.facebook.com/events/427337254015068/

 

Come!!