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Arts & Culture

Restoring Olmsted

Photo from YouTube video

The oldest building from one of Buffalo's historicOlmsted Parksisn't in a park, but it is located a few blocks away showing the signs of age.

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy president and CEO  Thomas Herrera-Mishler said isn't just the grass and the trees and the flowers of the landmark trees being brought back to the original design of the parks but also buildings.

One is what's called the Vaux Barn, named after the partner of Frederick Law Olmsted and originally located with the greenhouses at Martin Luther King Park, but sold off more than a century ago in a re-design and turned into a storage building a few blocks away. http://youtu.be/a15VBAdU3BY

The conservancy is pushing for $160,000 to buy the barn and carry it back to MLK in one piece, and put back on a new foundation for more work later.

Herrera-Mishler said it's surviving history.

"It was a barn and carriage storage and we would very much like to recover the oldest, last remaining parks structure in the city. Unfortunately, it's not in a park so we would very much like to get that restored and moved back," said Herrera-Mishler.

Herrera-Mishler said it isn't just because of its history, but a renovated barn would be an important part of Conservancy activities in the East Side park and allow removal of an ugly 1950's style building.

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