As the Buffalo Olmsted Parks continue to undergo significant restoration efforts, there are battles being fought and won on multiple fronts.
On the eastern side of the city, there is an effort underway to relocate and restore a lost Calvert Vaux structure now known as the Vaux Barn. This is a significant effort for a number of reasons, including the fact that Vaux structures were virtually wiped clear from the Olmsted Park System after being so predominant during Olmsted’s formidable years. Painting for Preservation ‘targeted’ the structure two years ago.
The Vaux Barn is the last remaining park structure designed by the the distinguished architect. Today there is a campaign underway to raise funds for the project, as you will see by watching the video below. Not only is this an important tribute to Vaux, the structure would also be incorporated as a functional building that would lend itself to becoming the hub of Olmsted’s “Green Jobs Initiative” and part of the Greenhouse Complex that already exists on the grounds (currently 18,000+ annuals and perennials are grown year ’round for the entire park system).
People interested in helping The Conservancy to achieve its goal can contact www.bfloparks.org.