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  • A local landmark nomination is being prepared, for action at a future Preservation Board meeting and later, if successful at the Preservation Board, at Buffalo Common Council.

Action Talking Points

  • The John Lord farmhouse was constructed between 1861 and 1872 and is one of the few remaining farmhouses in the Elmwood Village.
  • Dr. Lord sparked a national conversation on religionís role in slavery by his sermon on support of the Fugitive Slave Act; he ultimately supported the Union cause.
  • It was the home of the film critic for the Buffalo News in the 1940ís- Tallulah Bankhead reportedly visited the home.

Action Steps

  1. Attend the Preservation Board hearing regarding local landmark designation, Thursday March 3, 3pm in Room 901, City Hall.
  2. Contact Delaware District Councilmember Joel Feroleto, opposing demolition and supporting local landmark designation for 794 Potomac Avenue:
    • Joel Feroleto
      Delaware District Councilmember
      City Hall, Room 1405
      65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY 14202
  3. Contact the City of Buffalo Preservation Board if you can't make the meeting in person. Urge them to vote for landmark designation.
    • Staff Contact: Angela Webber
    • E: Angela Webber,
    • P: 716-851-4064
    • M: City of Buffalo Preservation Board, City Hall Room 901, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo NY 14202
    • F: 716-851-5590
    • H: 830am - 430pm
    • Members, per City website, January 2016: Sam Gurney, Gwen Howard, Terry Robinson, Eric Lander (Vice Chair), John Laping, Richard Lippes, Paul McDonnell (Chair), Don Gilbert, Timothy Tielman, Lauren Howard (non-voting member)
  4. Attend the Council's public hearing on landmark designation. This has not been scheduled but we'll let you know on this page.
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