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Bring a piece of the Buffalo Central Terminal home for The Holidays

Have you ever thought about buying a holiday gift for your city? Now that’s an unusual thought. To think that there is an opportunity to collectively purchase an original light fixture for the Central Terminal… yes, there is a light fixture for sale at an antique dealer in Toronto at this very moment, and there is an effort in place to secure enough funds to purchase the historic relic. 

The way that this all came about is kind of neat. The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation identified that one of the terminal’s original light fixtures was for sale for $9000 (Facebook post). Then, Broadway Fillmore Alive posted the fixture on its Facebook page, and friends of the organization stated that they would be willing to donate chunks of change to purchase the item in order to restore it to its original home. You can see how it all transpired on Facebook
In a stroke of luck, the Toronto antique dealer agreed to sell it back to Buffalo for a more reasonable price of $3000, only if it was to be returned to the terminal. 
As of today, the group is on its way to achieving its final goal of securing the fixture (see widget below). I believe that at the end of the day the widget updates the amount raised. You can click on the chart to View Daily Progress.
Here’s how you can help –  from Broadway Fillmore Alive:

Donate via credit card (see ChipIn’s link to Paypal in widget above) or make checks payable and send to Broadway Fillmore Alive – Attn: Chris Byrd – 442 Campus Drive – Buffalo, NY 14226. If additional funds are raised, the money will be given to the Central Terminal. Keep tabs on the ChipIn widget for updated donation level.

The dealer has agreed to hold the fixture for 45 days. Our fundraising effort will end on 12/24/2012.

Any amount you can contribute will help the effort. There is a lot of love for the Central Terminal and this is a great way for the community to support the efforts of the CTRC to keep this neighborhood treasure ALIVE!

Please share this Paypal link.

If you have any questions, please contact Broadway Fillmore Alive

Thank you to Navarro Gallery for working with us.
From Marilyn Rodgers Executive Director/CEO Central Terminal Restoration Corporation:
“On behalf of the Buffalo Central Terminal and the Central Terminal Restoration Corp, I thank you all for this effort. We have a great deal of work to do on the structure and we’re forging ahead with vigor.  But it’s community-driven and dedicated partner organizations like Broadway-Fillmore Alive,  working to bring back those intricate elements that are, frankly, out of the budget for now, to the Terminal.  The synergy I’ve experienced since coming aboard has been and continues to be amazing!  Efforts like this allow us to all work together on this monumental project that will, in the end, become the Center for Restorative Arts & Sciences and an economic engine for the community-at-large.”

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Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  1. I hope this makes it back to the Central Terminal.
    Perhaps the CTRC should look into selling replicas of these things. This would make the coolest lamp or side table (I’m not sure of the scale). I wonder how expensive it would be to make fiberglass or plastic replicas. I’d definitely buy one.

  2. I just donated a couple bucks, and im a broke college kid.. EVERYONE DONATE!!!!
    It would be a cool story for the future if they got it back and the terminal actually become really used and then I can be like “i remember back in 2012 I donated to have it purchased back from toronto to come to here”

  3. Marilyn Rodgers mentions a “Center for Restorative Arts & Sciences.” Never heard that before and I don’t recall it mentioned in the March 2012 Master Plan. Is this specific Center use something new?

  4. Tahooter, the Master Plan presented was a synopsis and still has definitive components to add. This is the concept that allows for all the elements described in the Master Plan presentation including reuse that benefits the community to bring, not only the Terminal back, but the Historic Polonia District/Broadway-Fillmore Community back to more prosperous times with recognition of many other historical elements such as the Broadway Market and others.

  5. Keep in mind that this light fixture was legally sold under the ownership of Anthony Fedele. This light fixure was in the now detached train concourse. In 1981 the belt line bridge was destroyed because of the double stacked freight cars. So he saved these lights from vandals and theives.

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