|Buffalo lost: Erie Savings Bank (click images for larger view)|
|Buffalo saved: Buffalo State Asylum, H.H. Richardson|
The other thing Chicago and Buffalo have in common is great architecture, including works by Frank Lloyd Wright, H.H. Richardson and Louis Sullivan. For a decade and a half afters its completion in 1896, Daniel Burnham's Ellicott Square was the largest building in the world.
|Ellicott Square Building, Daniel Burnham photograph: TonyTheTiger, en.wikipedia|
|lost: Larkin Administration Building, Frank Lloyd Wright|
David has now brought to my attention something preservation has been lacking until now: a good scorecard. Preservation-Ready Sites' primary purpose is to promote important Buffalo buildings that can still be saved.
page with three columns: Buildings at Risk, Lost Buildings, Saved Buildings, with links to more information and usually a photograph for each listing. It's really more of an index than a scoreboard, but it wouldn't take much more effort to add up the totals, perhaps weighted with each structure given a numerical importance, to measure what's been accomplished versus what's still to do.
Chicago Historic Resources Survey, which has no fewer than 17,371 properties (with quite a few more structures built after 1940 or for other reasons that still need to be added). We also have annual lists of "most at risk" buildings from both Landmarks Illinois and Preservation Chicago. It's a lot of data. Would we benefit from having our own scorecard, or would it be more expressive to map out the terrain of Chicago, neighborhood by neighborhood: what is was, what it is, and what it could become, for better or worse?