Welcome to Painting for Preservation!

Welcome to Painting for Preservation! This initiative, founded by artist Sara M. Zak, is aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making.

Mission: To bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. To create artwork on-site related to the location as a means of raising positive awareness of the space.

My hope is that we can continue this effort in Buffalo and expand the concept to other architecturally rich cities. Please e-mail Sara M. Zak if you are interested in starting a Painting for Preservation initiative in your city at info@paintingforpreservation.org

Our goals:

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 collaborating with members of those same neighborhoods.

5. Involve communities in sharing their stories of local historic architectural and their neighborhoods.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Delaware Court Building Art-In

Please join us Saturday, September, 14th 9:30am - 1pm for on-site art-making at the corner of Delaware and Chippewa. Artists of all media welcome. The location offers multiple views of great street scenes. The proposed Uniland development of the Delaware Court building will alter the streetscape greatly. There is a parking garage, driveway, and loading dock on Chippewa in the proposal (along with the many stories upward). Here is an article from Buffalo Rising about the development.


The Delaware Court Building meets several of the criteria for listing as a City of Buffalo Landmark,
as enumerated in the Buffalo Code:
• It is on a conspicuous site and sensitive site, has character, interest, and value as part of the development
and heritage of Delaware Avenue and Buffalo. (Criterium 1)
• It is architecturally and historically significant as an example of the early 20th century Neo- Classical
retail and office building; probably the best and largest of its kind in the city. (3)
• It embodies in its encyclopedic use of terra cotta Classical ornamentation the distinguishing characteristics
of an architectural style which makes it valuable for the study of commercial architecture
of the Edwardian era. (5)
• It is designed by an architectural firm whose members influenced the development of the city for
80 years and whose work encompassed over 100 buildings. (6)
• Its unique location and form make it a familiar visual feature within the city. (9)

photo from http://www.buffaloah.com/a/del/232/


  1. Painting here, on a summer Saturday, not only gave me insight on the dramatic architectural details of Delaware Court, but I also observed that this is a vibrant occupied building with bars, restaurants, shops and offices. The lovely area does not need a chrome and glass tower to revive it, it already is a vibrant and exciting place with great historical character.


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