Welcome to the Allentown Historic District...
"In the end it is easier to experience Allentown than to describe it," remarked one neighborhood publication almost four decades ago. How true this observation rings today. Simultaneously high society and bohemian, the Allentown Historic Preservation District located in Buffalo, New York boasts one of the best examples of urbanism in Western New York.
Designated a local preservation district in 1978 and
listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980, Allentown is one of the first and largest residential historic districts in the United States. The Allentown Historic Preservation District is bound by North Street to the north, Main Street to the East, Edward Street to the South, and Plymouth to the West, and is walking distance from downtown Buffalo, the West Village, the Elmwood Village, the Fruit Belt neighborhood, and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
For the past forty-three years, the Allentown Association has dedicated itself to enhancing, promoting, and protecting Allentown's unique historic environs and community-wide commitment to diversity and beauty. A grassroots, volunteer civic organization with 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable status, the Association:
- Seeks to preserve the historic fabric of Allentown's residential and commercial areas,
- Strengthens the sense of community through volunteerism and engaging neighbors in community life,
- Advocates for Allentown through participation in the public arena and other local organizations, and
- Enhances the quality of life and aesthetic appeal of Allentown
Known for its popular Secrets of Allentown Tour of Homes held in early fall and the funky Allen West Festival held on Allen
Street from Elmwood to Wadsworth in mid-June, the Allentown Association relies greatly on fundraising events such as these and membership contributions. Please consider joining us in preserving Buffalo's
first historic district.
"What is this atmosphere in Allentown that is so appealing to those involved in the creative effort? It is difficult to define as feelings always are, but those who reside there sense it and remain because of it. Part of it is its diversity, its mental stimulation, its vitality, and its neighborhood spirit but more than that it's the respect in which Allentown holds the individual- and the freedom, understanding and appreciation it gives [them]." - Allentown News, December 1969