Allentown Association Launches Unique New Web Site

Focus on Historic Preservation Compliments Neighborhood Highlights

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The Allentown Association, Inc. today announced the launch of an expanded Web site at www.allentown.org that includes photos and detailed information about every structure -- about 1,000 in all -- in the Allentown Historic Preservation District.

The exciting new Web site is unique in Western New York, and is one of the most comprehensive neighborhood research and information sources anywhere in the country. The Web site includes a new focus on historic preservation and education that spotlights the exceptional combination of architecture, history and contemporary joie de vivre that has earned Allentown a national reputation as a truly distinctive community.

Most impressive, the Web site includes an authoritative survey of every structure in the Historic Allentown Preservation District, a first-ever undertaking by a Buffalo community.

The new “Streets and Properties” section of the site includes a listing of all Allentown Streets. Clicking any street leads to a description and history of the street along with information and photos detailing each property. For instance, by selecting Orton Place, visitors will learn that In the 1870s, the land making up Orton and St. John's Places was used for traveling circuses and that all the homes on St. John's and Orton Places were built in a remarkably short span of time between 1884 and 1888. Click on a specific address to see a photograph and learn the history of the structure situated at that address.

The new, completely revamped site marks the second time that the historic neighborhood’s Internet home has been overhauled since it launched as one of the region’s first community-specific Web sites in 1998.

Like most accomplishments of the Association, the Web site is the result of an all-volunteer effort by dedicated residents working to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood. Spearheaded by Association President Christopher Brown, who assembled much of the text and wrote many of the missing narrative elements, the site was designed and created by Webmaster Mitch Bechtel of COMAND Solutions. The result is a seamless database to provide the underpinnings for the diverse sections that make up the site. Local Artist Mike Mulley, owner of the College Street Art Gallery, meticulously photographed every structure in the neighborhood and provided the images to Bechtel for inclusion in the database.

Also new is an all-inclusive listing of businesses and services in the neighborhood. Segmented by business type, the listing is a font of information for residents and visitors detailing everything from home furnishings to carpeting to florists, grocery stores and gift emporiums. Of course, the site also provides a definitive listing of the dozens of restaurants, nightclubs and theatres that entertain visitors of all ages day or night and the diverse selection of hotels that greet patrons from around the world who are drawn by the Historic District’s reputation as a wonderful place to enjoy life.

Fulfilling the Associations mission to provide essential data to residents and promote the neighborhood, the site continues it’s long-standing task of showcasing elements of life in Allentown. An “Up and Coming Events” listing on the home page displays neighborhood activities throughout the year from the Allentown Art Festival, promoted in June, to the current announcements of the annual Garage and Porch Sale, scheduled for August 25 to the all-new Haunted Allentown October 20.

A major new section of the renewed Web site is an archive of past Association newsletters, dating back to 1965, that will provide both a reference point and a valuable research tool in the future.

Returning features include a detailed history of the Allentown neighborhood, a history of the Allentown Association and the Association’s mission statement. Important civic announcements such as large trash collection dates complement links to associated resources covering City and County government. Contact information for elected officials and City services along with maps including the neighborhood boundaries make the site a one stop repository of information to assist residents and property owners. Driving directions help visitors navigate their way to Allentown. A selection of Preservation links help to educate site visitors about Historic Preservation and its importance in telling the story of Buffalo to future generations.

The Web site will be constantly changing and updated to reflect current activity in the neighborhood and provide the most relevant information available.

For more information, visit us online at www.allentown.org, and while you’re there, click the “contact us” link and let us know what you think.

About the Allentown Association

The Allentown Association, Inc. is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit association formed in 1962 to encourage preservation and improvement of the 36-block National Historic District in Buffalo known as Allentown. The Association’s mission is to serve the neighborhood encompassed by the Preservation District and to ensure its vitality as a first-rate urban neighborhood for families and individuals as well as a vibrant commercial and dining district that attracts visitors from around the world.

Donations to support the Allentown Association may be sent to the Allentown Association, Inc., 14 Allen Street, Buffalo, New York 14202. All donations are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.