Statler Nominated to National Trust for Historic Preservation 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

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Preservation Buffalo Niagara nominates Buffalo's historic Statler Building to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2010 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places program; nomination receives broad support from community, elected officials, and civic organizations.

This nomination is a community call to action. With national attention, and the assistance of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Buffalo Niagara is confident that public support and private investment will eventually be secured to preserve and revitalize the Statler. The Statler is a vital part of our city's heritage and is of state and national significance.

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Preservation Buffalo Niagara today announced its nomination of the Statler Building, located in Buffalo, NY, to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2010 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places program. The nomination has been submitted to the Trust with broad support from the community, local and state elected officials, and civic organizations.

Buffalo benefits significantly from its historic resources and an asset such as the Statler Building is an opportunity as well as a challenge for the future of the city. Prominent on Buffalo's Niagara Square, adjacent to City Hall, the building has been the city's social center for many decades.

Opened as the Hotel Statler, it is an outstanding example of the early 20th century hotel by one of the foremost hotel innovators in American history. Completed in 1923, it was a gift from "America's Extraordinary Hotelman," Ellsworth M. Statler, to his adopted city of Buffalo, NY. The Hotel Statler was designed by George P. Post & Sons with interiors by Louis Rorimer.

Currently, the Statler languishes in bankruptcy and the Trustee in Bankruptcy cut heat and utilities to the building last week.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara Executive Director Henry McCartney stated, "This nomination is a community call to action. With national attention, and the assistance of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Buffalo Niagara is confident that public support and private investment will eventually be secured to preserve and revitalize the Statler. The Statler is a vital part of our city's heritage and is of state and national significance."

The National Trust's America's 11 Most Endangered program provides national recognition and visibility to treasures such as the Statler, coupled with preservation expertise to assist local communities and, for commercial buildings, a platform for showcasing development opportunities throughout the country.

Other Western New York properties named to the 11 Most Endangered list have seen successful outcomes; properties include The Roycroft Inn, whose subsequent rehabilitation received a National Trust Honor Award; and the Richardson Olmsted Complex, recipient of major state funding.

More information about the Statler, photographs, and this nomination is available at http://www.preservationbuffaloniagara.org.

Below is the list of elected officials and civic organizations that have sent letters to support this nomination. Some offices still are working on their supporting letters, which will be submitted as they are received.

New York State Governor David A. Paterson
Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter
Congressman Christopher J. Lee
A Joint Letter from Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles E. Schumer
New York State Assemblymember Sam Hoyt
New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger
New York State Senator Antoine M. Thompson
Buffalo Common Council President David A. Franczyk
Preservation League of New York State
Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Zonta International (Founded in the Original Statler)
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War (Held National Event in 1935)
Theodore L. Lownie, Partner, Hamilton Houston Lownie Architects, LLC (Architect for The Roycroft Inn, Another 11 Most Recipient)

About Preservation Buffalo Niagara
Preservation Buffalo Niagara mission is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and revitalize historically architecturally significant sites, structures, neighborhoods, commercial districts and landscapes in Western New York. Preservation Buffalo Niagara staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters are dedicated to utilizing historic preservation as a significant tool to advance Buffalo and its region.

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