City of Buffalo Intensive Level Historic Resource Surveys

Survey of over 2100 properties for the first time in 20 years


  • Contact: Greg Bernas (retired), City of Buffalo, Office of Strategic Planning, 215 Potters Road, Buffalo, NY 14220
  • NYSHPO Contact: Mark Peckham, Acting Director, Bureau of Historic Sites and Park Services; Director, Bureau of Community Preservation Services, 518-237-8643, ext 3258

Intensive Level Historic Resources Survey

  • Grant-Ferry-Forest Neighborhood
  • Broadway-Fillmore Neighborhood
  • Triangle Neighborhood

Key Personnel

  • Clinton E. Brown, FAIA, President
  • Alma O’Connell Brown, Project Manager

cbca-buffalo-intensive-level-surveyClinton Brown Company Architecture was engaged to undertake three simultaneous Intensive Level Historic Resource Surveys of areas of the City of Buffalo. These surveys are a part of multi-phased initiative to document the historic resources of the City of Buffalo; work that had not been done in the City in over 20 years. CBCA successfully completed Intensive Level investigations of the Triangle, Broadway-Fillmore, and Grant-Ferry-Forest neighborhoods of the City of Buffalo.

CBCA researched, photographed, and prepared Historic Resource Inventory forms for approximately 2,100 structures throughout the three neighborhood areas. Also as a part of this project, CBCA also converted approximately 1,700 Historic Resource Inventory forms from the Parkside National Register Historic Districts into digital format.

Emerging from the survey of the Grant-Ferry-Forest neighborhood was a large potential historic district, tentatively named the “Richmond Ashland Historic District.” Containing a high concentration of intact examples of late nineteenth and early twentieth century houses, in styles ranging from Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and the Tudor Revival, this potential historic district was recommended as eligible for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

In the Grant-Ferry-Forest survey, the Black Rock Meeting House at 44 Breckenridge Street, built c. 1827, was found to be one of the oldest structures in all three survey areas. Of note from the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood survey, the structure at 1119 Genesee Street was discovered to be a possible rare surviving example of a park outbuilding by Calvert Vaux.