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Beach resort, Waterloo High School nominated for historic places list

A Long Island resort community and one of Buffalo’s last intact 19th century schoolhouses are among the 17 properties and districts recommended for the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the State Board for Historic Preservation has nominated 17 places. He calls the nominees “some of the most exceptional and fascinating sites” in New York history.

The nominees include a district along the Sag Harbor waterfront developed by African-Americans as a post-World World II summer resort at a time when segregation and discrimination kept middle-class black families from acquiring resort housing.

Waterloo High School is also on the list for its neoclassical design when it was built in 1928-1929. The school was different than most others at the time, considered progressive for teaching vocational training and experiential education rather than rote learning. The building was designed by well-known Rochester architect Carl Ade.

Also on the list is Buffalo Public School No. 51, built in two stages in the 1890s and late `20s.

Placement on the registers can help property owners receive government aid for revitalization projects.

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