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The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture is presenting deep dives into Buffalo Architecture on September weekends. It is using its Open-Air Autobus as a mobile platform to compliment in-depth discussions on Frank Lloyd Wright, the Belt Line Railroad, the mansions of Buffalo's elite, the Green & Wicks architectural catalog, and the field guide to American Architecture that is Central Park. Each presentation lasts 2 hours and costs $30. 

All the details on our unique mobile presentations are below; make sure you scroll all the way down! 

Reserve online by clicking the button below, or call us for reservations at 716-854-3749.


Buffalo Whirlwind tour


Open-Air Autobus: See, hear, smell the city with passionate experts!

There is simply no better way to see Buffalo and grasp what it is all about than a tour on the Open-Air Autobus. 2017 is our 11th season. It really is the best way to get around and see, hear, and smell Buffalo (ahh, toasted oats, chicken wings, charcoal-grilled hot dogs!). Peeling off the roof of our custom bus gives full visibility for everyone: up, around, and across.

Open-Air Autobus tours are built on 30 years’ worth of architectural and historical research by members of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture in the course of preservation activities. The tours enhance our educational mission and help cover the costs of wide-ranging preservation work.

The Campaign is Buffalo’s most dynamic preservation organization. Our tours reflect our character: Passionate, lively, and knowledgeable. Five-star reviews: People rave about us on TripAdvisor.

The Campaign’s tours are popular, informative, well-done. We are the go-to organization for the general public and experts alike. To recap: Experts aboard; full visibility, one-of-a-kind bus; great reviews; and, you help save Buffalo's heritage!

By doing a tour, you are doing good: We are a charitable organization chartered by the New York State Dept. of Education. Revenues are plowed directly back into local historic preservation.

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This Old Mansion

•Sept 16, 10:00am.

• 2-hour tour, $30.

•Meet at Elmwood & Potomac aves.

•Reservations: click on button at top or call 716-854-374

The story of the houses and neighborhoods of Buffalo’s high society unspools before you in this presentation given by Paul McDonnell, architect and president of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo. See the evolving taste of the upper classes embodied in massive Italianate, Second Empire, Victorian Gothic, Queen Anne, and Shingle Style showpieces. You’ll see some familiar houses and a 5-story-tall mansion straight out of The Addams Family that you’ve probably never seen. A full cast of characters—from the architects to their clients to the staff, relatives, hangers-on and business and social associates—fills out the story.


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Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo

• Sept. 17, 2017 at 10:00am.

• 2-hr. tour. $30 (C4GB members 20% off).

• Meet at Elmwood and Potomac aves.

• Reservations: Click on button at top or call 716-854-3749

As an artistic figure, Frank Lloyd Wright  has been compared to Michelangelo and Rembrandt (Wright would have agreed). He built one of his most influential houses, the D. D. Martin House, in Buffalo. This tour encompasses all five of Wright’s Buffalo houses —the Martin and Barton houses, the Gardener’s Cottage, Davidson and Heath houses, as well as previously unbuilt designs for a mausoleum and a boathouse. The houses are within Colonial-, Period Revival, and Craftsman-flavored neighborhoods. We’ll view the houses in these historical contexts. We start at Soldiers’ Place, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, as we contemplate Wright’s Heath House and take a peek at an exact reproduction of Richardson’s Stoughton House of Cambridge, Mass. — the Shingle Style archetype that first expressed the design principles Wright would extend to their fullest. Vincent Scully, Jr., dean of American architectural historians, notes that “beside their Olmsted Parkway, these two houses express the continuity of organically developing American architecture, as well as important changes in that development between the early 80’s and 1900.” Perspectives you won’t want to miss!


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Green & Wicks-a-thon

• Sept. 24, 2017 at 10:00am.

• 2-hr. tour. $30 (C4GB members 20% off).

• Meet at Elmwood and Potomac aves.

• Reservations: Click on button at top or call 716-854-3749

E.B. Green (1855-1950) and William Sydney Wicks (1854-1919) headed Buffalo’s most distinguished architectural firm. Tim Tielman, Executive Director of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture, presents a bushel basket of some their over 300 designs — superb examples of office buildings, shops, apartment buildings, middle-class houses, and mansions. Fine structures of wood, brick, and stone, they are prominently sited or tucked away on side streets, radiating charm and poise. Join us as we hunt down dozens of the buildings and tell the tales of the people who lived, worked, worshiped, and socialized there. Sept. 24, 10:00am. $30. Reservations: 716-854-3749 or click on button at top


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Central Park: Field Guide to Architectural Style

• Sept. 30, 2017 at 10:00am.

• 2-hr. tour. $30 (C4GB members 20% off).

• Meet in front of BennettHigh School, 2880 Main Street, Buffalo

• Reservations: Click on button at top or call 716-854-3749

Charter the Open-Air Autobus!

Tour anywhere around Buffalo anytime you want by chartering the Open-Air Autobus. There is no better way to see, hear, smell the city. We’ve done tours for students from grade 2 to graduate students, weddings, bar mitzvahs, reunions, and corporations. You get a ride like no other and expert commentary from the passionate pros of The Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. We know our stuff!

• 46-person capacity • See-thru, roll-down rain fly • $700 for up to two hours with expert commentary; longer tours available • About $15 per person at capacity • $400 for up to three hours for bus & driver only • Take a walking tour with same top-notch experts: $200 for 2 hrs. for up to 20 people; $10 ea. add’l. Call now: 716-854-3749



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