While the saving of the Jersey Street livery stable (or, what is left of it) has been getting all the news lately, the Hull House on Genesee Street in Lancaster has been getting its own little bit of coverage. The house, the oldest stone house in Western New York, is literally in the middle of nowhere – if you consider Lancaster to be nowhere – but really only a few minutes east of the airport. It is nestled in the middle of suburbia, with not much else historic around it but a few homes, Tops’ main food warehouse and the Thruway to the north. It’s an example of pretty random preservation in a community that seems more hell-bent on suburban expansion than anything else. I think the next closest historical site may be the 1812 cemetery on Aero Drive just north of the airport.
While the preservationists can’t and shouldn’t win all their battles, with Sam Savarino’s help they have staved off the demise of the livery stable for the time being. Something that always seems lacking, however, is a regular status report on which buildings/sites are under active preservation, which are being proactively advanced for preservation, which are on the need to be preserved list (and why) and which are being left to their own demise.
Where is the inventory? Why is it so hard to obtain a list of all preservation sites in Western New York? One would think that this site would have it front and center; it does not. I did find this site that lists landmarks, but that’s not the same as an assessment of what we have versus the preservation candidates out there.
In this area, in this economy, we can’t save everything. It would be nice to know from the experts themselves what the preservation candidate list should look like, so that we all know which sites should be given most-favored preservation status.