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New Roof, May 2018
Interior, May 2018
Photo credit: Christina Lincoln, Tony James, ReUse Action, Michael Gainer
2256 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo NY 14211
- Lat, Long: 42.915878,-78.814224
- SBL Number: 101.33-8-4
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- Fillmore Council District
- Bailey Green LLC, a community improvement project of Harmac Medical Products.
- 1 1/2 story red brick house on large lot.
Undergoing renovation (2018)
- Per Julie Reiss: "It looks like the house also played a role in the naming of Wende St. after one of its residents who was very active in the neighborhood- attorney & NY State Senator, Godfrey [Gottfried] H. Wende according to this detailed article from the  Courier-Express) [1MB PDF]." The Courier-Express story states that Godfrey Wende lived in this house with his family. The building appears on an 1894 Sanborn map.
- Local landmark application:
Recent Events and Actions Taken
- May 14, 2015 - On the Preservation Board Agenda: "DEMOLITION: homeowner would like to beautify the land. Application received 4/23/2015. (Albert Steele to tentatively appear @ 5/14/2015 05:05 PM 901 City Hall)."
- Paul McDonnell: "Preservation Board Unanimously DENIED demolition. We will vote to recommend landmarking at the next meeting."
- May 15, 2015 - Local volunteers prepare an application for local landmark designation - read it on this page under "History".
- May 19, 2015 - Chrissy Lincoln: "Landmark nomination is complete and will be turned in today or tomorrow."
- May 28, 2015 - Chrissy Lincoln: Update- the owner of the property says they'd be willing to talk about a public reuse. The public hearing for the landmark designation will be Thursday June 25th at 3pm, Room 901 at City Hall."
- June 25, 2015 - Chrissy Lincoln: "The Preservation Board has unanimously approved landmark status and it will be sent to Common Council. The owners, Harmac, have withdrawn their demo request and did so within 1 DAY of its scheduled demolition!"
- July 28, 2015 - Eric Lander, Preservation Board member, on Facebook: "Recently a demolition permit request came before the Preservation Board for the Wende House at 2256 Bailey Avenue. We tabled the application and the next day I contacted the owner who agreed to pull the demolition permit application. I, along with two other members of the board, met with the owner and toured the building. The owners were receptive to the idea of saving the building and a landmark application was drafted and filed. Today [7/27/15] the Buffalo Common Council's Legislative Committee approved the Landmark application for the Wende House, which now goes to the full Council. This is a major preservation victory. Thanks to Councilperson David A Franczyk for his support as well as those that assisted with the Landmark application. Now it is my plan to educate the owner to the benefits of historic tax credits and devise a plan for adaptive re-use of the property."
- February 2016 - Buffalo News: "Between now and the end of 2017, the house will serve as the East Side headquarters of an ambitious effort to recruit and train underemployed Buffalo residents to become high-end carpenters and craftspeople."
- December 2017 - Bailey Green LLC is donating the historic building to UB architect-artist Dennis Maher who is partnering with the Albright-Knox to turn the structure into a training center with architectural resources for city residents. Plans for stabilization work were presented to Buffalo's Preservation Board by architect Michael Anderson of Abstract Architecture PC. Stabilization at this point consists of roof replacement and the removal of a small frame section in the rear of the building. Further assessment and restoration will happen in Spring 2018.
- January 2018 - restoration begins with interior gutting, followed by roof repair.
- March 2018 - Roof is sheathed, ready for roofing.
- May 2018 - New roof is complete.
Other Pertinent Facts
- Application for local landmark designation
- Buffalo News, February 2016 - Restoration of oldest East Side house unites art and career training
- Buffalo Rising, 2017-12-20 - "Restoration Watch: Reuse Plan Advances for 2256 Bailey Avenue"
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Added 2015-05-10 • Last changed 2018-05-04