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Saturday: Artists Invited to Paint the Historic Lyth Cottage

Filed under: Activism, Art, Preservation

The Lyth Cottage, 16 Harwood Place. Photo courtesy of

Artists and community members of Painting for Preservation will create artwork at local historic landmark Lyth Cottage on Harwood Avenue (near Jefferson Avenue) on Saturday, June 25, 9:30am-12:30pm. Artists of all media and skill are invited to render the ca. 1886 masonry cottage on Buffalo’s East Side as a celebration of its historic aesthetic and recent preservation victory. Painting for Preservation is an inclusive group of artists committed to raising positive awareness of distressed historic buildings through on-site art-making.

Lyth Cottage was recently purchased as part of the City of Buffalo’s Urban Homestead Program. As part of the program the new owner must make necessary improvements and occupy the building for five years. Once part of the estate of John Lyth, successful owner of a tile company specializing in decorative terracotta work, the cottage retains many of the company’s designs. The young new owner is committed to the historic building and being part of the continued revitalization of the Hamlin Park Local Historic District.

Previous Painting for Preservation “Art-In” locations include the Old Blacksmith Shop; Harris Hardware, recognized as a “Seven to Save” historic location by the Preservation League of New York State; St. Vincent’s Female Orphan Asylum; and Vaux Barns attributed to Calvert Vaux, partner of Frederick Law Olmsted. Artwork created by Painting for Preservation artists will be exhibited while the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Preservation Conference is in Buffalo, October 19-22. More than 2,000 preservationists are expected to attend the conference.