The trouble with fun events like the National Trust conference or any sort of vacation is that they come to an end, and you have to turn that car around and head home. Returning home is always nice, but following an excellent trip, it tends to be bittersweet. To give the journey home some excitement and adventure, I like to throw in a few surprises and let the preservation spirit guide me. This time I ended up in Buffalo, which was on my way home anyway. Knowing a handful of preservationists in Buffalo, I thought I’d drive into the city to see what it was like. After following Bernice & Dana on Twitter & Instagram, and hearing so much about Buffalo time, it seemed like a good time to visit.
Wanting a cup of coffee, I recalled many of Bernice’s instagram posts about Sweetness 7 Cafe, so I thought I’d check it out.
And the best part of this visit into Buffalo? I met Bernice and Jason at Sweetness 7, because they happened to be there when I was. Both are preservation forces in the City of Buffalo; their work is incredible. How lucky I felt to meet another social media preservation pal. In one trip I met so many inspiring preservationists who I knew via social media relationships prior.
Buffalo, I’ll be back!
2 thoughts on “A Jaunt Through Buffalo”
Mr. Stilts steals the show! 🙂
It was GREAT seeing your pictures of Buffalo. Before moving to Vermont in 2009, I lived there for 38(!) years, so I will try to give you reasons for you to take another look. That first picture with Mr. Stilts is in front of a building designed by Louis Sullivan – Buffalo’s first skyscraper. Next, is the Ellicott Square building. A gorgeous interior. The “Holy Scaffolding” picture is of the city campus of the community college, and was originally the post office. Take a look in there, too! And you will have to go to the top of City Hall and walk all around the viewing area to see the surrounding city and Lake Erie. Next is the Lafayette Hotel (with a grand ballroom) on Lafayette Square, which is a circle, along with the McKinley Monument. The Sweetness Cafe is only a couple blocks from where I lived. When I left Buffalo, new businesses and new blood were gradually putting that street, Grant St., back on the map. Buffalo has lots of architectural walking tours since it is packed with wonderful homes and other buildings. Whew! I better stop now. Thanks.