Joan Bozer led a list of honorees Friday at the annual Preservation Buffalo Niagara awards luncheon.
The former county legislator and longtime preservation and environmental advocate received the Lifetime Achievement Award in front of 345 attendees in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall. Bozer’s legacy stretches from her protection of the Delaware Avenue mansions decades ago, to her current efforts for a park on the Outer Harbor and a carousel for the downtown waterfront.
Other awardees included Thomas Eoannou and Michael Cristiano for their restoration of the North Park Theater; developer Nick Tzetzo for his restoration of Hamburg’s Kronenberg Building; Ellicott Development for its transformation of the 1929 United Office Building in Niagara Falls into The Giacomo boutique hotel; Boston Valley Terra Cotta for its portfolio of work on National Register-listed buildings.
Also, Kissling Development, Carmina Wood Morris Architects and Peyton Barlow Inc. for the restoration of downtown Buffalo’s circa-1896 West Huron Lofts; the Buffalo Zoo heritage farm; Richard Taczkowski for his lead in the reclamation of Schoolhouse 8 in North Collins; Jack Quinan for his scholarly work on Frank Lloyd Wright and contributions to the Darwin Martin House; Newell Nussbaumer for his community advocacy and grass-roots activism with the online publication Buffalo Rising; and Friends of Mill Road, for preserving an East Aurora scenic overlook.
The event, moderated by Buffalo News Columnist Donn Esmonde, included the inaugural Peter B. and Genevieve R. Flickinger Stewardship Award, for exceptional caretaking of major buildings. Co-winners were the downtown Erie Community College campus, for a $10 million revitalization of the former U.S. Post Office main building, and the Westminster Presbyterian Church Campus, for ongoing restoration of the 1859 masterwork.