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National Trust Honors Buffalo with Special Designation

By Mark Scott

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Buffalo, NY – The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Buffalo as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2009.

The National Trust describes Buffalo as a "gold mine" of late 19th century/early 20th century urban design. It says the city offers a "staggering range" of cultural resources as well as some of the country's most captivating architecture. Local preservationist Tim Tielman says the National Trust is also recognizing the city's burgeoning preservation consciousness.

The Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau submitted the application that led to the National Trust's designation. CVB Communications Manager Doug Sitler says he expects his office will be getting more calls from tourists who are interested in historic preservation.

The National Trust even cited Buffalo's newest attraction -- the restored Erie Canal Harbor at the waterfront.

The group's president, Richard Moe, said the interweaving of great architecture and important historic sites makes Buffalo a must see destination for preservationists, designers and history buffs.

The National Trust will hold its annual conference in Buffalo in 2011.