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


Press Event – Tomorrow at NOON at City Hall! Landmark Trico! Come one, come all.

Spend your lunch hour making Buffalo better! 4/29/13 at NOON in front of City Hall. 

If you cannot come – please email/call your common council representative. Tell them to landmark this iconic building. 

You can get their contact info and letter templates on our “Landmark Trico” page on this website.

4/29 – Trico Press Conference Scheduled for THIS Monday at City Hall at Noon!

Preservation Buffalo Niagara(PBN) will be hosting a press conference this coming Monday, April 29th at Noon at City Hall in downtown Buffalo. 

Tom Yots, Executive Director of PBN, will address the media regarding the pending decision to locally landmark the historic Trico Plant #1 Building. The Trico building was previously denied landmark status last spring when the common council refused to act on the application

The Trico building, which has been listed on the National Register since 2002, has been determined to be eligible for landmark status by the City of Buffalo Preservation Board twice in the past year – both unanimous votes by the board. 

The Common Council will have another opportunity to approve the landmark designation for the Trico building during next Tuesday, April 30th’s council meeting. This local designation would allow for greater transparency and ensure valuable public involvement in the reuse discussions surrounding the property. Local landmark designation would also protect the historic integrity of the Trico building and it’s eligibility for historic tax credits and/or other State and Federal funding which could ultimately be used to rehabilitate the property.

PBN asks that it’s members as well as the general public to actively support the local landmark designation of the Trico Plant #1 Building by contacting their respective City of Buffalo Common Council Members before next Tuesday’s Council meeting

Want to talk to Council Majority Leader Demone Smith about Landmarking Trico?


This is to advise that Common Council Majority Leader Demone A. Smith, in anticipation of the Regular Common Council Meeting for Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., has scheduled a Common Council Caucus Meeting to be held:

Monday, April 29, 2013


2:00 PM


Room 1417 City Hall

Elected officials, department heads and their representatives are invited to attend this meeting to comment and provide information regarding communications and requests that are currently before the Common Council for action or review. 

A copy of the Initial Agenda for the Common Council Meeting, reflecting all items filed with the City Clerk prior to the Council’s filing deadline, is attached.


Common Council Caucus Meetings are open to the public.

Demone A. Smith

Masten District Councilmember 
Majority Leader 
1316 A. City Hall 
Buffalo NY 14202 
P: 716-851-5145 
F: 716-851-5443 
W: Demone Smith 
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Write Your Common Council Members Today!! Support Landmarking the Trico Building!

This is the letter BYP sent to all the common council members asking for their support for landmarking the Iconic Trico building. You can use this as a resource when you are writing your letter to your common council member. To contact info for the council, click here.

We are URGING you to write all the political powers that be about this issue. The decision will come before the common council and be made on this coming Tuesday.

Write. Call. Facebook it. Tweet it. Your voice matters!!

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 architects, but also 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.

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

-Save Trico

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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 –