March comes in like a lion… and out like a… Lion? Snapchat, PB&J’s and Rust Belt Coalition

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Ahhh! It has been a month without a post! How can that be?

March is by far the busiest month I have had in a very long time. I’m being fueled by PB&J’s and coffee… and my friends, wonderful boyfriend and family have come to my rescue many times. It has gotten so crazy that I have stripped my outfits down to one shoe / one coat style for the week and each outfit is washed, folded and ready to go for the entire week! The clothes effort is a big one – keeping things quality over quantity, sexy yet functional and stylish while maintaining a small, simple wardrobe is very hard but always something I strive for. It is hard when you go from construction to business to casual during your traditional work week… but I always like the challenge. If you’re looking for fashion / style inspiration, look no further to my newest favorite fashion icon, Garance Dore’.

I have a few things up my sleeve which I can’t explain at the moment but will announce shortly. I will say that all of it is much needed and wildly exciting. Here is a secret… check Buffalove Development on instagram hints. All of it is so much fun, crazy, stressful that at times I just turn this song on and dance for the entire thing!

A few things for all of you…  I am now on snapchat. All the cool kids are doing it! Username: berniceradle , American Rehab Buffalo is airing on DIY Network again in April , and we’re officially almost ready to kick off the first every Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists event in PGH, April 8,9, 10! You should come but if you can’t, you can follow our preservation shenanigans here.

XO!

Bernice

 

A road trip from Buffalo to KCMO and back!

Bernice speaking to the Historic Kansas City crew.

I had the extreme pleasure of keynoting the Historic Kansas City  Old Home Week Preservation Conference this past week!

Instead of flying, Drew and I drove my awesome new orange Subaru XV – spending six days on the road visiting all kinds of cities and friends along the way! We were fueled by random stops for biscuits, ice cream and coffee… we slept in the coolest places including a DIY style loft in downtown STL, in a tiny shotgun style brick house in Louisville, a historic inn in KCMO owned by two super sweet guys and a random airbnb with two cool cats… and we had the chance to meet up with preservationists across the rust belt including Sarah Marsom from Columbus, Michael Allen from STL and Kristine / Amanda / Julie and the rest of the KCMO crew.

About KCMO: With 20,000 people living downtown, a rich history of food and music and a brand new street car starter line rail system, KCMO is a pretty cool city! Kansas City is home to the sweet heat BBQ sauce that everyone loves. They also have shuttle cocks on the lawn of their art museum, an iconic historic plaza built by Nichols (who is also responsible for establishing red lining across America – ugh!), and a cornucopia of incredible parks and parkways laid out by Kessler – all which are extremely vast and well maintained. The KCMO architectural claim to fame may be the “shirt waist” style house that features local limestone on the porch and another 1.5 story above it (second floor and attic).

The KCMO preservation community was all up in arms about Nelle Peters, a grouping of historic tudor style apartment buildings right near the plaza. As you can guess, the owner was demolishing them without a plan. Everyone wanted them saved and I worked with the community to get a petition, heart bombs and Facebook group started… but I am extremely sad to report that I found out today that they have begun tearing them down. KCMO, I am very heartbroken for you tonight.

On a personal level, Drew and I had some great heart to heart conversations, listened to a ton of podcasts and some our favorite bands we listed to were Neon Indian, Tame Impala, Youth Lagoon, Mac Demarco and Tyco. Our trip cost less than two plane tickets, the lowest gas price we paid was $1.38 a gallon and Drew was going nuts over the mid western water towers. We want to badly go back to Louisville, too… it is like an older, slightly more hip Buffalo. I was thrilled to spend some quality time up with my Uncle Norman and Aunt Pauline in KCMO – they came to see me speak!! STL seemed to be our favorite stop – the arch was amazing and we had a delicious breakfast at the Mud House in the Cherokee Historic district! We had a ton of fun!

That wraps it all up!!

 

 

 

American Rehab Buffalo airs on HGTV – 11/23/15 at 8am! 

Hgtv will be airing the first two episodes of American Rehab Buffalo at 8am on 11/23/15! These two episodes are fantastic – it’s the kitchen, dining and living room. Watch to see us blend preservation and modern techniques to create a really special space that you’ll love!

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this happen including Room Buffalo, Wrafterbuilt, McSmith, Ace hardware / Bejamin Moore and more! It truly takes a village.

Oh, if you don’t have cable, you can get all 6 episodes on Amazon!

XO!

– B

Ps. Here are some photos of before, during and after!

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation – Bernice Radle

Bernice Radle accepts the National Trust for Historic Preservation award in Savannah, Georgia.

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation

Bernice Radle
Buffalo, New York

As a founder and managing director of Buffalove Development, Radle has taken a creative and hands-on approach to preservation in Buffalo, working to restore four homes that were at risk of being demolished, while also changing the preservation conversation in the city.

Bernice Radle accepts the National Trust for Historic Preservation award in Savannah, Georgia.
Bernice Radle accepts the National Trust for Historic Preservation award in Savannah, Georgia.

BYP October Events !

Hello Everyone!
We now have FIVE preservation related events happening in October that we are excited to share with you. Below is a list of tours, talks, happy hours and clean outs that we are hosting – this is a busy month for BYP!  With Buffalove, The BYP Team

Wed. Oct 1st – BYP October Happy Hour @ Ulrich’s Tavern !

On Wednesday, Oct 1st, we are joining forces with AIA and BAF to celebrate the “Festival of Architecture, Buffalo!” Week. This will be a big happy hour event – one that cannot be missed!

Ulrich’s Tavern at 674 Ellicott in the BNMC
October 1st​, 2014 –
 6:30 pm​ – 9pm​ 
Click here for the facebook event listing.

 
Sat. Oct 4th – BAF Presents: Family Fun Day @ Darwin Martin House

Join us for fun activities centered around architecture, Buffalo and its culture!
Local organizations (including BYP!) will come together at one of Buffalo’s most iconic architectural landmarks for this FREE event! The event includes educational activities, games, and the sharing of preservation/architecture related knowledge.  In addition to the featured activities Family Fun Day will have Food Trucks, Music, Games, and Specialized Children’s Tours of the Martin House!

Monday, Oct 6th – BYP City Auction Talk: Learn the Ins & Outs of the City of Buffalo INREM Auction
Join Bernice, Jason and Melanie on Monday, October 6th at 7:30pm at 128 Fargo Ave (Cafe Space!) to get the inside scoop about the upcoming City Auction. We will give details on how it works, what hurdles you may face and how to prepare to buy an auction property. Bernice, Jason and Mel all have a ton of experience with buying and renovating houses from the City auction – this is the only time to pick their brains! Refreshments will be available. Free to attend but we will accept donations to pay for the space and refreshments. 

Sat. Oct 25th @ 10am – BYP Board & Seal & Clean Out – The Church @ 150 Edward Street. 

Join us on Saturday, Oct 25th from 10am – 1pm at 150 Edward Street as we help to clean out an old church that has just been purchased to become a new art space! Dennis Mayer, the new owner, saved the church from demolition earlier this year and has big plans to create a unique artspace inside. He needs our help boarding up some windows and getting it cleaned out and ready for the rehab work happening inside this winter. 

If you plan on attending, please make sure you come in comfortable clothing you don’t mind getting dusty and wear safe footwear.Tools, snacks and general construction expertise are always welcome. RSVP via email to bypteam@gmail.com

 
Sat. Oct 25th @ 2pm – BYP Richardson Complex Group Tour (Must buy tickets!)
Come tour the Richardson Complex with us on October 25th at 2pm

During this invite-only guided tour, learn about the genius of Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Dr. Thomas Kirkbride as they carried out the development of the former Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane. This history-focused tour will also introduce you to the present and future plans for the Richardson Olmsted Complex, with access to and former patient buildings in various states of renovation and additional areas of the partially restored Towers Building.

Note: There will be no photography allowed on this tour. For those interested in taking photographs, please see our designated photography tours.

Sign up for tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/820588 

 
BYP Happy Hour Poster – Created by Darren Cotton. Thanks, Darren!!


See you there!


With Buffalove,

BYP Team

Buffalo Spree Covers Buffalove Development’s Preservation Win!

Buffalo Spree Covers Buffalove Development’s Preservation Win! (<— Link!)

This is an exciting piece for us. It launches our newest purchase – a 1860’s brick cottage that we rescued from the brink of demolition. Jason saw it on the preservation agenda because they asked for a demolition permit – citing that nothing about it was historic. (What!?!?!) This 1860’s brick cottage is 1500 square feet of awesome. After a series of negotiations, the purchase price totaled $1. It has a new roof, a new furnace and it is gutted, exposing the brick and the 150 years of changes overtime. Even in its gutted state, it’s a beauty. Its layout is simple and its size is manageable. Unlike our other properties, this one will be our home!

Buffalo Spree will be doing a set of articles on this house, following our rehab process to explain how preservation and energy efficiency will come together to provide a rehab that is cost effective, forward thinking and inspiring for others as they venture through the rehab process! Thank you to Gwen Ito and the Buffalo Spree crew for covering this story.

You can check the article out here: http://www.buffalospree.com/Buffalo-Spree/January-2014/Developing-Radle-and-Wilson/

The Atlantic Cities Covers Buffalo, BYP & The Vacancy Vortex!

The Atlantic Cities Covers Buffalo, BYP & The Vacancy Vortex!

Wow!! I am shocked, excited and honored that Kaid Benfield wanted to write about what we are doing here in Buffalo. My heart exploded when I saw this article in the Atlantic Cities blog. Coming from an urban planner – this blog is the mecca of planning/urbanism & cities. I literally read it every morning.

If you want to know more about the “vacancy vortex” – check out my TED X Buffalo talk from Oct. 2013. 

You can read the article here: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/11/saving-neighborhoods-vacancy-vortex/7572/

“While I tend to agree with the adage that “the greenest building is the one already built,” as long as the context is or can be made supportive, I’m impressed that Radle and Wilson’s commitment to sustainability doesn’t end there. They also want to make sure their rehabs are constructed with green principles in mind. ” From BuffaLove’s website:

“BuffaLove Development aims to bring together elements of historic preservation and sustainability into each project through the use of good materials, design and community direction. We are taking a comprehensive approach to our neighborhood by investing in three areas – vacant lots, singles and doubles, and mixed use anchor buildings. We know that with a comprehensive approach, we will inspire growth, create jobs and strengthen our neighborhood … Our vision is to rehab each building in a fashion that mixes preservation and energy efficiency while maintaining affordability and comfort.”

“Green’s article for the Times suggests that what BuffaLove is doing is part of a trend of microdevelopment, at least in Buffalo, citing several additional individuals and companies doing preservation-and-rehab on a small scale, but reaching critical mass when aggregated.  “Just coming out of the woodwork,” was the way one seasoned developer put it to Green.  That sounds fantastic to me – this is an approach, and a philosophy, well worth rooting for.”

This post originally appeared on the NRDC’s Switchboard blog, an Atlantic partner site.

Kaid Benfield is special counsel for urban solutions at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an adjunct professor at the George Washington University School of Law, co-founder of the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system, and author of several books on cities, smart growth and sprawl. All posts »

Whoa! Look What A Little Paint Can Do! Buffalove Development Goes Bold.

Whoa! Look What A Little Paint Can Do! Buffalove Development Goes Bold.

I compiled four photos for 351 Massachusetts Avenue to show the progress!
My heart melted this morning when I saw it nearing completion… this vacant house has come so far. Jason and I really thought it was a goner. Anyone else would have given up, I am sure of it. This photo does not show the giant ice sheets we found from frozen pipes, the crazy mushrooms due to moisture, the rebuilding of the foundation in three areas, the new roof, the interior gut and the clapboard work that was completed… This little snapshot doesn’t give me enough space to summarize how far this little single family house has come along.

Here are the photo details:
Top Left: Oct. 2012 – The day we purchased both houses (347 & 351) at the In Rem foreclosure Auction. 351 was vacant, 347 was occupied. The beginning of Buffalove!
Top Right: April 2013 – Mark & Jason tore out the chain link fence.. and donated it to Wildroot, of course! (We didn’t get the deeds until March 2013!)
Bottom Left: Oct. 2013 – After all the foundation & roof work is complete – PAINT!
Bottom Right: Nov. 2013 – Exterior Paint is finished!! Window replacement is next on deck!

So what is in store for this West Side home? Our goal is to finish it by Spring 2014. We will restore the few historic elements left and install high efficiency systems to bring together preservation and energy efficiency! We will most likely rent it for at least a few years however, we are open to all options, if the right opportunity comes along. Our overall goal is to help stabilize and grow the neighborhood by providing an affordable, sustainable and beautifully designed product. To keep up to date on the progress, follow us on facebook or online on our website http://www.buffalovedevelopment.com

With Buffalove,
Bernice

The Story of My Ted X Buffalo Experience: Before, During & After.

I wanted to give you all a little insight to my personal experiences surrounding the Ted X Buffalo event. Sometimes I may seem like a happy robot online – I always try to maintain an image that is positive, kick ass and ambitious. While 99% of the time that is true, the other 1% usually stays quiet. However, since TED was such an emotional roller coaster for me, I figured I would write about it on my personal blog. Here is my personal take of the before, during and after of the whole event.

First of all, Ted X Buffalo is a really inspiring event for anyone and everyone. If you haven’t been to Ted X Buffalo, you have to go!!

Leading up to Ted X Buffalo, I was going INSANE. Ted X Buffalo is a BIG DEAL. Stressed to the max, super anxious and cranky would have best described the week leading up to the talk…  Poor Jason,  he was so supportive despite my craziness. I will never forget when I  exploded in tears because he couldn’t help me and I was running out of time to cut out heart bombs.  I felt the pressure to be GREAT, not just good, which really added to the stress. And of course, most people finalize their TED talk about 3 months before the event and… my talk finally came together about 3 weeks prior. Cramming in all the info in 12 minutes was a serious hurdle. Every suggestion from my friends literally made my head explode just thinking about where to put it into the talk. The hardest challenge in preparing for the talk was doing the talk over and over again because each talk literally took all my energy for at least an hour, making the amount of practicing times very limited. Practicing was literally exhausting.

The day of Ted X Buffalo, I unintentionally had to rely on my brain only. I didn’t bring notes to review backstage! (It was probably for the best…lol)  Even two minutes before I went on, I was standing backstage holding a giant heart with the words “Preservation is Sexy” on it…. with no real plan as to when or how I was going to use it. “Whatever happens, happens….there is no turning back now”, I said to myself.  But when I got up there,  it all flowed out the way I wanted it. The lights weren’t too bright and the giant flashing  red timer didn’t even phase me. I didn’t forget a slide, mumble my words or blank out. At the end of the day, my heart bombs & vacancy vortex TED X talk went off way better than I could have ever imagined it.  Having 400 people put hearts over their heads while I held up a “Preservation is Sexy” heart was super fun! Of course there will always be things to add, changes you wish you made but I am happy that it was clear, concise and inspiring. The best part came afterwards; the influx of texts, calls, tweets, message and emails of support that came from my friends from across the globe- all who had taken the time to watch my talk via live stream online… it was easily one of the best feelings ever.

I found myself in awe of my surroundings the entire day. The audience was super responsive and the speakers nailed it. The Ted X planning crew ROCKED – everything went off perfectly.  I had the best conversations with people who inspire me to learn more and live harder. I bonded with the other TED speakers and found myself appreciative and honored to be included in the small group of Ted X Buffalo speakers. I didn’t even want to fall asleep later that night because I didn’t want the day to be over… a feeling which I haven’t felt in a long time.

The TED event made me realize a few things to add to my talk – a great friend mentioned that comparing rehab versus demolition costs would be helpful in my case for preservation and another suggested that I add a few more photos. Also, I realized the need to actually record my power points presentations on preservation so they can be used in the future. If I want more people to know about the vacancy vortex, I have to get the information ready and out to the world, right?

Lastly, as I write this, I am sitting in Nantucket – a magical island of historic preservation, boats and dreaminess. All that stress from TED made my 6 day get away even better. After days of hanging with family, playing in sand and exploring the island via moped, I am recharged and excited to get back to Buffalo to work on preservation projects, building rehabs and energy efficiency projects!

That basically wraps up my entire Ted X Buffalo experience. Sometimes I feel like a happy robot when I am online and hopefully this gives you a little insight to my thinking, my emotions and my approach to life. 🙂

My personal Ted X Buffalo video has yet to come out but here is a photo from Tuesday’s TED X Buffalo Event. You can watch the long version of the video which includes several presenters, including my presentation here.  I start at about 35 min in!

Please check out http://www.tedxbuffalo.com for all the presentations, they were all very fun and inspiring.

http://new.livestream.com/tedxbuffalo2013/events/2425305/videos/32294489

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