Check out the ‘Lenses’ lecture series at the Buffalo History Museum

The Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo | Photo by Frits Abell
The Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo | Photo by Frits Abell

If you were looking for a good reason to visit the new Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo (on the Richardson Olmsted Campus), which opened its doors a few months ago, so now is the time. Currently on view until Sunday April 10 is the exhibition Lenses: Ways of seeing Buffalo and its architecture. The Center is open Friday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibition at Lipsey Architecture Center: In 1940, the Albright Art Gallery invited Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Jr. to make an exhibition on the architecture of Buffalo. Lenses: Ways of seeing Buffalo and its architecture takes a thoughtful and questioning view of Hitchcock’s statements about the parts of Buffalo’s built environment that are valuable.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Preservation Buffalo presents Lenses Speaker Series at the Buffalo History Museum, which will feature a number of respected speakers who are involved in various “untold stories” relating to local architecture and preservation. Topics range from arts activism to the Great Northern Grain Elevator. The talks are as follows:

  • 3/17 – Arts Activism and the Built Environment with Kisha Patterson

  • 3/24 – The History and Future of the Great Northern Grain Elevator with Greg Delaney

  • 3/31 – Buffalo Building Buffalo: From Dorsheimer to Van Valkenberg with Bob Shibley

  • 4/7 – Historic preservation and local economy with Donovan Rypkema

For those who have been interested in venturing into some different roads, looking for the relatively obscure unfolding of Buffalo’s built landscape, this speaker series is for you.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring together this fantastic group of speakers and our wider community face-to-face, to engage with the issues raised by the Lenses exhibit and explore their application in Western New York,” said Jessie Fisher, executive director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

Topics will provide a deeper dive into exhibition and preservation themes, including activism, inclusion, and planning. For more information on the series and how to attend, visit or contact Tia Brown, Community Engagement Coordinator, at [email protected]

Lenses is presented by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (the future Buffalo AKG), the Buffalo History Museum, the Lipsey Architecture Center Buffalo and Preservation Buffalo Niagara and sponsored by Arc Building Partners, the Charles D. and Mary A. Bauer Foundation, the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature, the Erie County Cultural Board, the John R. Oishei Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State.

Dino J. Dotson