Mission Statement

The Louise Bethune Chapter Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Architectural Historians was founded in 1940 to advance knowledge and understanding of the history of architecture, design, landscape, and urbanism worldwide.   The Society serves scholars, professionals in allied fields (including architecture, historic preservation and planning), and the interested general public by:

·    Sponsoring the pursuit and presentation of scholarly research;

·    Sponsoring forums for the presentation of scholarly research and exchange of ideas through its annual scholarly meetings and occasional symposia;

·    Providing publications that disseminate scholarly work, professional information, and general information related to the field and of interest to the public through its publications, JSAH, the SAH Newsletter and the Buildings of the United States series;

·    Acknowledging outstanding scholarly accomplishments in the field through publication awards and fellowships;

·    Fostering scholarship, research, and education about the history of the built environment;

·    Organizing study tours of significant buildings and sites both in the United States and abroad;

·    Supporting the preservation of historic places and cultural heritage. 

Buffalo and Western New York is a world-class architectural destination with a collection of works ranging from High Style to vernacular examples by nationally significant architectural masters, gifted local architects, and legions of both known and unknown craftsmen, artisans and workers. Western New York is one of the best places in the country to view nineteenth and twentieth-century architecture- a center for the growing architectural tourism market
In recognition of this rich and diverse architectural collection, the Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is focused on the scholarly identification, documentation, research, and discussion of the multitude of unique buildings, landscapes, sites, structures and objects in our area. The Louise Bethune Chapter is devoted to bringing attention to the quality and quantity of architectural works throughout the region through scholarship and publication. The Louise Bethune Chapter is also focused on supporting the work done by the wide variety of local tourism, historic preservation, activism, community groups and other organizations with research, writing, and scholarly analysis. The mission of the Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is to foster a culture of scholarship, recognition and informed discussion and debate of our landscape and built environment both at the local and national levels. 

 Our Territory

While the Louise Bethune Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians is proud to serve the seven county area of Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties in Western New York, our services presently focus on Erie and Niagara Counties.

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