It’s a big day for the Buffalo History Museum, thanks to $900,000 in state funding, which will go towards the restoration of the museum’s portico. The funding will also be directed to reconnecting the Museum to the Olmsted Park System. Earlier today, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan joined officials from the Buffalo History Museum to make the announcement that the funding will go towards the Museum’s multi million dollar Restore, Reactivate, and Reconnect initiative that will finally see 6,000 square feet of space within the National Historic Landmark Building brought back to life.
This is the section that was previously closed, over 30 years ago, due to extensive water damage. Along with the reactivation of the space, the initiative will also see the reopening the portico entrances, which will bridge the museum directly to the Olmsted Park. Additionally, the park/lake side space under the portico will be reinvigorated.
- Phase 1 – Restoring Safe Access includes restoration of original doors and windows, skylight rehabilitations, waterproofing, and critical infrastructure improvements for safe visitor access
- Phase 2 – Reconnection to the Olmsted Park System
- Phase 3 – Reactivate Space for Flexible Use
Phase one construction will be starting in January and completed by August of 2019.
“The Buffalo History Museum and our Olmsted Park System are two of our community’s greatest assets,” said Assemblyman Sean Ryan. “I’m thrilled to see the museum’s vision of reconnecting the historic building to our beautiful park system come to life and I can’t wait to see how the expanded exhibit space will help to educate everyone who visits our museum about Buffalo’s history.”
The restoration of the interior space will allow for public functions, programming, education, and exhibits. This is certainly great news for the museum, which will reap the rewards for years to come. Not many people are aware of this public amenity that has been hiding in the shadows. It won’t be long before the curtains are drawn back, and a new generation of Buffalonians will be able to reconnect with the special historic venue.
“The Assembly’s early support for the Restore, Reactivate, Reconnect campaign was pivotal to the campaign’s success,” said The Buffalo History Museum Director Melissa Brown. “On the cusp of construction, it is exciting to see our vision take shape. From providing an entryway to the park to our duty of preserving the only standing structure of the 1901 Pan American Exposition, the project impact is distinctive and welcomes a new generation of museum guests.”