Assemblyman John Ceretto congratulated the Niagara Falls School District for having its administrative building, a 1928 classical revival-style building, chosen by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation to be added to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
"In today's disposal culture, it is commendable when organizations or individuals work to protect historic buildings," Ceretto said. "These buildings bring an irreplaceable sense of community, collective history, and significance to our cities, towns and neighborhoods.
"I would like to thank everyone who was involved in having this classic building added to the list of historic places, and congratulate them for their foresight in protecting this landmark for generations to come."
The Niagara Falls School District administration building was originally built as the high school and designed by local architect Simon Lake, who also designed the three-story arts and crafts-style James G. Marshall House, a National Register of Historic Places addition in 2010. The original structure of the school was expanded over the years and it was considered for demolition in the early 2000s.
More than 90,000 historic sites in New York have been designated as historic landmarks. Nearly two-dozen sites across the state were selected as landmarks by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation in this round. As part of the designation, the board can assist property owners to revitalize or preserve buildings, obtain grants, and state and federal tax credits. Both publicly and privately owned properties are eligible for the designation and assistance.