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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Winter 2005 New York: Construction of a Federal Courthouse, Buffalo
New York: Construction of a Federal Courthouse, Buffalo
Agency: General Services Administration
In June 2004, the ACHP, the General Services Administration (GSA), the New York State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), the City of Buffalo, and the courthouse architect signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the project.
Under the agreement, GSA and the SHPO would lead a public education program on the social and architectural history of the Joseph Ellicott Historic District. The structures that are currently on the site would be sold to the public or else documented before being demolished.
In addition, GSA would train its regional staff to initiate Section 106
consultation earlyand thus avoid a repeat of the Buffalo situation. Finally,
the SHPO and the ACHP would be allowed to review and comment on the final designs.
The ACHP and SHPO submitted various comments relating
to the compatibility of the proposed design to the historic Ellicott district.
The SHPO is particularly concerned with the compatibility of the building materials with those of the Buffalo downtown. The ACHP is concerned with the relationship of the pavilion to the historic Niagara Square.
background information on this case, visit the spring 2004 Case Digest.
Staff contact: Hector Abreu
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