In 1929 well over 13,000 concrete roof tiles measuring 2’ x 4’ and weighing 75 -80 pounds were mounted on the vaulted roof sections of the Buffalo Central Terminal. Since then they have consistently been exposed to high winds, rain, snow, freeze, thaw and more. Of course, anything - concrete or human - gets worn out after 83 years, and the wear and tear on these architectural elements has certainly taken a toll while also compromising the roof deck below. Some tiles are worn down to the mesh while others are cracked and broken. And, all the decay is now leading to interior damage to our beloved Concourse and its vaulted ceiling made of Gustavino tiles.
We need to act quickly to raise necessary funds for a $769,000 roof replacement in three phases. Our first phase targets the areas most in need of a new roof that also compromises the interior architectural elements. Our second phase will address roof areas that can make it until the Summer 2013, and the third phase will address all other flat roof areas left.
So, here’s your chance to assist us in preserving not only an architectural gem, but also start us on the path of the largest adaptive reuse project in all of Upstate New York. Adopt-A-Tile today, whether for yourself, as a gift, as a memorial to a Veteran, or even in a bulk package citing your business and you’ll receive:
- The name or name of your company added to a special Adoption Board that will be mounted in the Concourse area for all to see.
- Plus, your adoption fee is 98% tax deductible!