FS06 - What Do Buckingham Palace, Brooklyn Bridge, and Buffalo Have in Common? – Medina Sandstone
Sunday, September 23
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Quarried in Orleans County near the town for which it was named, Medina sandstone was prized by builders and architects for its inherent strength and beauty. Visit the city of Medina, an hour west of Buffalo and the Medina Sandstone Society in the morning followed by some of these iconic structures in Buffalo in the afternoon. The Buffalo tour will visit the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Connecticut Street Armory, and stunning ecclesiastic landmarks such as Richard Upjohn’s St. Paul’s Cathedral. Hear about recent restoration and conservation work specific to medina sandstone.
Bus Departs: 8:00am
This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.
- Discuss the mineral composition of Medina sandstone’s framework grains and the nature of cementing materials that produce an unusually hard sandstone that is fire resistant and ultimately easier to shape than limestone.
- Explore the effects that advancements in transportation infrastructure, specifically the Erie Canal, had on the popularity of Medina sandstone as an architectural material both across the country and abroad.
- Illustrate particular challenges associated with the restoration of Medina sandstone façades highlighting local restoration efforts.
- Identify the prevalent stone finishes and architectural styles coupled with Buffalo’s iconic Medina sandstone building stock.