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APT International Annual Conference - Points of Departure

  • Hyatt Regency Buffalo Hotel 2 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, NY, 14202 United States (map)

We look forward to welcoming you to a conference like no other in APT’s history. Events and sessions in the United States AND Canada.  Richardson, Sullivan, Wright, Olmsted & Vaux.  Bunshaft, Yamasaki, Pei. Grain Elevators that inspired Le Corbusier. Forts on both sides of the border. World class parks, waterfront, vineyards. And of course, Niagara Falls.

And now a renaissance fueled by the adaptive reuse of historic buildings.  Three workshops – terra cotta, windows and non-destructive evaluation.  Over 20 field sessions. “The Next Fifty” Symposium. And Canada Day – a day of celebrating our heritage and our future, together.

Buffalo was the 6th largest port in the world in 1906.  By 1951, it was the 11th largest industrial center in the country, the largest inland water port, the 2nd largest railroad center, and the 15th largest city in the country.  It was literally and physically one of the most important points of departure on the continent. 

A group of preservation and conservation professionals from both the United States and Canada came together in New Richmond, Quebec in 1968 to form a new organization called The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT).   As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we see this conference as a point of departure for our next 50 years.  We are a joint American-Canadian organization, with chapters around the world.  One of our founders was from Niagara-on-the-Lake, across the river from Buffalo, making Buffalo Niagara the perfect place to celebrate our cross-border heritage.