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Painting for Preservation Visits East Side Barn on Saturday

The Painting for Preservation crew will be on the east side Saturday morning, June 4, ‘capturing’ the Vaux Barn.  The wooden structure is located on Mills Street, just south of Genesee Street.  It was designed by Calvert Vaux, Frederick Law Olmsted’s partner.  Vaux prepared the designs for the park system’s buildings.  The barn is believed to have been used in some capacity by the nearby The Park, originally called The Parade and now named Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

This wooden structure is a bit different from the large brick buildings the group has visited thus far.  Artists of all skill levels (meaning no experience to very experienced) and all media (painting, photography, drawing, etc) are welcome to join in.  Supporters and onlookers are encouraged to stop by as well. 

IMG_2480.jpgPainting for Preservations goals are:

1. Raise awareness of at-risk, distressed and under-utilized locations and their neighborhoods

2. Create a record of historically rich locations through art

3. Create a community of artists invested in the urban landscape

4. Bring exposure and provide assistance to artists interested in documenting at-risk historic neighborhoods while also improving the quality of life in those same neighborhoods.

5. Involve distressed communities in sharing the beauty in their backyard.

Check out the blog to see images from past “Art-Ins.”  Saturday’s event starts at 9:30 and lasts until 12:30.

Get Connected: Facebook event page.

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  • Lego1981

    How nice to get this painted in time for the Conference. What about in ‘general’?

  • BuffaloQPublic

    A citizen’s hug to the Painting for Preservation crew for their commendable efforts.

  • MEG

    I am excited to see all the artist’s renderings of this one! Much different than the brick buildings previously part of the Painting for Preservation line-up. Remember, all media and skill-levels are welcome to participate!

  • Sweet Lincolns Mullet

    How about painting the actual barn to preserve it, a painting wont stop it from rotting.

  • queenie

    Buildings of this period and style were usually “picked out” with a varied palette.
    It’s a splendid barn. Long may it live.l

  • Travelrrr

    Agreed. Maybe this group could organize a structure stabilization day, where we can come and paint, etc.

  • BuffaloBeaux

    What do they do with the artwork after they’re done? They should hold an art show when the Preservation Conference is here. Then they can donate proceeds to a preservation related fund. It would be nice to see this go a step further.

  • WCPerspective

    That is the plan- there will be an exhibit of the completed works during the Trust conference. I’m not sure if any of the art will be for sale, but great idea.

  • MEG

    Painting for Preservation is a group of artists, not necessarily skilled preservationists. Our goal is to change the perception of the neglected historic buildings through art, which we are doing! (Thanks for the articles BR.) There are preservation groups, and get this, local businesses, that do preservation work. It’s a matter of getting owners, funding, and professionals together.
    Learn more about what Painting for Preservation does at

  • MEG

    There will be several opportunities to see the Painting for Preservation work in October during the National Preservation Conference and beyond! Thus far, the artwork remains the property of the individual artist, but certainly, donating any profits from sales would be encouraged.
    Have you donated your time or money to preservation efforts lately? Please join us at an Art-In, or donate to your preferred local preservation organization, let them know you were encouraged by Painting for Preservation!

  • grad94

    obviously, the barn needs a paint job, but as long as the roof is sound, it makes more sense to deal with underlying structural problems and rotten clapboards, and get the thing safely moved.
    once it has had any needed structural repairs, -then- you can address cosmetics, preferably by doing a thorough paint analysis to identify the original colors. chances are good that that it is covered in lead paint, which should be properly remediated. a crew of well-meaning volunteers slapping on a coat of home-depot-special may cause more problems than they solve.
    so make a donation to buffalo olmsted parks conservancy and ask that it be put towards the barn.

  • MEG

    The building is privately owned and is not located in MLK Park proper. The layers of helping people with their old buildings is intense, and these details, should not be considered details to deal with later but facts that need to be understood before plans are even suggested! Painting for Preservation in no advocated for volunteers to slap paint on this building, nor any other building that we may make a subject of our artwork.

  • Crisa

    “The Park”: Before it was named after Dr. King, was Humboldt Park. That picture of the wading pool is likely from the 1940s or earlier, definately not near the 1960s though.
    My cousins, siblings and I were taken to that pool often in the late 40s. The fountain’s surge seemed huge to little me but it was not as huge as in the picture and the grass was not that lovely and the people in the picture were in a much earlier era than the 1960s!
    In the 50s and 60s we kids were too big for the wading pool but we did ice skate behind the park building. The ice skating rink still had parts of its former self.
    By the 1960s the entire park was already in poor condition.

  • Crisa

    Sorry. Looking back to the site, the people in the “about 1960s” wading pool picture were dressed as I remember, but it was definately more the 1940s than the 1960s.

  • MrGreenJeans

    The impossible-to-maintain wading pool was an attempt to block Teamsters from driving their horses across the park instead of going around on the paved streets. The whole mess ought to be jackhammered out and replaced with shade trees.

  • Travelrrr

    I am glad to learn more about this building-I knew nothing about it. The East Side has a lot of hidden gems and I would love to see it get increased attention/emphasis on a preservation front.

  • Crisa

    That’s interesting, but MLK Park, aside from that pool area being fenced and blocked off for NOW, is a large part of the FUTURE of Buffalo, NY. That lovely pool, which might be the only one of its kind, and the park, is a treasure that must be preserved for FUTURE generations to treasure and enjoy.

  • Crisanz6

    Hi. I love this project. I just wish I knew how to paint. Do you have suggestions for supplies to bring for an amateur artist?

  • MEG

    Everyone can paint! This is an event for all skills levels. Here’s some good things to bring: something to sit on, a hard surface (like a cutting board), paper/canvas, and pencils/paint. I use acrylic, some advanced artists use oils. Use crayons, just create art on-site at historic places with us! The next Art-In is part of the larger I Heart Central Terminal event on July 16, 9:30am-3:30pm. More information here: