A Boat Tour - From Concrete to the Erie Canal: Preservation Along the Waterfront

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Buffalo’s greatest asset is its waterways. With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Buffalo became the “Gateway to the West” connecting the Great Lakes to New York City. The city increased in population and wealth, evident today in the city’s architecture, civic institutions, and parks. Join us for a 3-hour boat tour to see the waterfront infrastructure that built Buffalo. The tour will feature architectural landmarks lining the Buffalo River, Canalside, and the Harbor. Highlights will include private tours inside the historic concrete grain elevators that helped launch the Modern Movement, the National Historic Landmark steamer Columbia, and the redevelopment of Canalside, the terminus of the Erie Canal.

Dress code: Comfortable clothes and shoes.
Buffalo, NY
Distance Learning
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Historic Preservation
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
Identify unique strategies for adaptive reuse of historic infrastructure, through exploration of Silo City while learning about the stabilization and current use of the historic grain elevators.

Investigate the reuse of maritime infrastructure specifically by boarding the SS Columbia and identifying the ongoing restoration process of the National Historic Landmark steamer

Discuss waterfront development and learn how it has been reactivated as a place for both recreation and industry.

List the funding strategies and the regulatory agencies that help make preservation happen.
Liz McEnaney
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Association for Preservation Technology International

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