January 20, 2010

Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Feds To Protect Buffalo’s Statler Building By Recognizing It As One Of The Most Endangered Historic Places

Recognition Would Ensure Preservation of National Architectural Icon

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the National Trust for Historic Preservation to protect the Statler Building in Buffalo by recognizing it as one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

“The Statler Building is a cultural gem that has been a centerpiece of Niagara Square for over a century,” said Senator Schumer. “Classifying it as one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places will help protect this historic and architecturally significant site for future generations.”

“The Statler Building is an architectural icon in Buffalo,” Senator Gillibrand said. “The 18-story structure has stood in historic Niagara Square for nearly a century, a towering symbol of the Buffalo-Niagara region’s past greatness and future potential. We must fight to preserve and restore this historic landmark.”

Buffalo was the site of the first hotel built by what would eventually become a national hotel chain. The Statler Building is one of New York’s most important architectural icons and a symbol of Western New York’s strength, history and heritage.  

Preservation Buffalo Niagara and other local organizations have been working diligently to save this historic and cultural icon. Official recognition by the National Trust for Historic Preservation would help ensure Preservation Buffalo Niagara’s mission to help preserve one of Western New York’s greatest treasures.