The heart of preservation is community revitalization. Begun in 2013, The Landmark Society annually publishes Five to Revive, a list that calls attention to five properties in Western New York that are in need of investment. Whether buildings, landscapes, or structures, they are significant historic aspects of our shared built environment whose redevelopment can become catalytic projects for the neighborhoods and communities that surround them.
The irreplaceable historic resources listed in Five to Revive become priority projects for Landmark Society staff and programs. The Landmark Society works collaboratively with owners, municipal officials, and developers to facilitate investment and foster
rehabilitation so that these structures can again play an active role in their communities. Five to Revive selection criteria include: architectural/design integrity, historical significance, degree of endangerment, potential catalytic impact, and likelihood that inclusion on list will help facilitate a positive outcome.
Launched as part of The Landmark Society’s 75th Anniversary, the Five to Revive program enhances the organization’s ongoing efforts to support revitalization in western New York. Historic preservation isn’t just about the past: preservation is revitalization – preservation creates local jobs, stimulates investment, increases tax revenues, and builds sustainable communities.
Five to Revive is a subcommittee of the Preservation Issues Committee of The Landmark Society. It is chaired by Tom Castelein, Board President. Committee members also include Bradley Huber, Katie Eggers Comeau, Erin Anheier, and staff members Wayne Goodman, Executive Director; Larry Francer, Associate Director of Preservation; Cynthia Howk, Architectural Research Associate, and Caitlin Meives, Preservation Planner.