1967–2017: Looking back
BY ELIZABETH LICATA
Anyone familiar with pre-1996 Buffalo
Spree is probably also familiar with the
writing of Austin Fox, a retired teacher
who turned his love of Buffalo’s history
and architecture into regular columns for
the magazine, starting in 1978 and ending
in 1996, when Fox died.
One of the reasons these columns are still valuable
decades later is that Fox did not always choose well-known landmarks as his subjects. Here, in a Winter/1982
issue, Fox explores pre-Civil War architecture in Western New York, citing a number of significant examples in
Orchard Park, Newstead, Springville, and other suburban
and rural outposts. The oldest example he mentions is the
Gipple Cabin, then barely surviving on Harris Hill Road
in Bowmansville. It has since been dismantled and stored
for future reconstruction. Some of the other structures
Fox mentions here were also deteriorating or endangered.
Spree’s continuing interest in historic preservation is part
of Fox’s legacy.
Elizabeth Licata is editor of Spree.