The Buffalo Lighthouse Association (BLA), stewards some of the oldest surviving examples of public architecture in the city--the 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse and the 1903 South Buffalo Lighthouse. A gem of the region’s maritime heritage, the 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a designated City of Buffalo, Niagara Frontier and American Civil Engineering landmark.
Since the 1833 Buffalo Lighthouse accommodates tours group of limited size only, BLA approached Flynn Battaglia Architects and the University at Buffalo’s Senemut Chapter of the Alpha Rho Chi professional architecture co-educational fraternity to envision a new Buffalo Lighthouse Visitor Center. The new visitor center is planned to be located near the former site of the 1905 U.S. Lifesaving Service Station at Lighthouse Point in the Outer Harbor. Referencing the footprint and form of the original wood-shingled building while expressing a modern, transparent aesthetic, the illuminated cultural venue will offer strategic connecting views to the lighthouse, the Buffalo River, Lake Erie and downtown Buffalo. Influenced by rescue boats construction and their deployment strategies, the interior shell of the exhibit hall will be clad in warm wood with rugged cast iron fittings and be a highly flexible exhibit and event space.
2014 Pro Bono Publico for Distinguished Service Award - Buffalo Architecture Foundation
Buffalo Lighthouse Visitor Center
Study completed 2015