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Action Page for Dr. John Chase Lord Farmhouse

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Photo credit: David Torke, fixBuffalo, Ron Reinhardt

Action Steps

  1. Express your support at the Common Council Legislative Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 11, at 2pm. This is the Council's public hearing on landmark designation.
  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. Ask your Councilmember to oppose demolition of these two buildings, support local landmark designation for 794 Potomac Avenue.
  4. Contact your Councilmember, because local landmark designations require Council approval. Instructions here: Common Council Contact Page. Alert them to the expected landmark designation and urge them to support it when it comes up for a vote. You can also, of course, contact all the Councilmembers.
  5. Share this page on social media by clicking on the green link above.


  • April 19, 2017 - The Buffalo Common Council approved local landmark status for the building.
  • 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.