Petition Nadine Marrero, Director of Planning City of Buffalo, Planning Board

Mid Century Modern Buffalo strongly supports the preservation and adaptive use of all of Paul Rudolph's remaining Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, NY.  The complex, built in two phases between 1971-1974, is a master planned residential community which reads as a unified district, is significant as one of the largest NY State public housing projects built outside of NYC, marking a significant step toward public housing built to high design standards at low cost.  It is the design of a master architect and is a unique example of the melding of garden city and federal greenbelt planning principles with the diagonal geometries and animated textured surfaces of the Brutalist architectural style, of which Paul Rudolph was one of its leading proponents. 

The full complex and site were determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation (SHPO). 

Shoreline Apartments

Buffalo Rising published a commentary on February 18, 2014 on the deteriorating condition of massive residential complex and that it has reached a critical point. The article can be read here.

Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, NY Face an Imminent Threat

On January 15, 2014, DOCOMOMO US reported that the Shoreline Apartments face a threat of demolition.

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C reported:

"Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments, a 1974 complex of low-income housing which occupies 9.5 acres on the edge of downtown Buffalo, is facing the first of several projected phases of “upgrades” which call for demolition of currently unoccupied Rudolph-designed units and replacement with suburban like townhouses."