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Historical Society Puts the Spotlight on Niagara Square

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, in co-sponsorship with the Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, is pleased to announce an evening program featuring Jennifer Walkowski, architectural historian.

Walkowski will share her insight and research about the history of Niagara Square and Buffalo City Hall in an illustrated lecture, "The Keystone of the Arch of the Plan: Edward H. Bennett's Buffalo of Tomorrow and John J. Wade's Buffalo City Hall." The talk will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13 at the History Museum.

Walkowski, acting president and founding member of the Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, is the leading authority on the history and architecture of Buffalo City Hall.

While architect and designer John J. Wade's involvement in the Buffalo City Hall project dates to 1925, many people do not realize that plans for the new civic building date even farther back. The topic of Walkowski's presentation is the largely unknown story of nationally acclaimed city planner Edward H. Bennett's original plan, and its influence on Wade's design for City Hall.

A Western New York native, Jennifer Walkowski earned a Masters of Architectural History from the University of Virginia; her thesis was on Buffalo's City Hall. She currently works as Architectural Historian for Clinton Brown Company in Buffalo.

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society has a corresponding exhibition, "Niagara Square" currently on display. The exhibit is included in admission. The History Museum building is wheelchair accessible; free, lighted parking is adjacent to the museum.

Admission is $7.00 to the public, free to members of the Historical Society and to members of the local Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. For m ore information, call 873-9644, ext. 317.

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (BECHS) is Western New York's premier historical organization, serving since its founding in 1862 to collect, research, interpret, and share the Niagara Frontier's rich history. BECHS is a private not-for-profit organization tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It receives operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA, a state agency), and from members and friends. BECHS is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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