Restoration

Phase 0

Phase 0 included planning as well as removal of non-historic buildings. Much work was completed volunteers.

Phase I

During Phase I, the first steps of actual restoration took place, as well as the creation of an attractive, handicapped-accessible Visitor Pavilion.

Phase II

Phase II restoration continued removal of non-historic buildings, installation of handicapped-accessible walkways, and several masonry restoration projects.

Phase IIIA

Phase III was the most significant phase of restoration of Graycliff, from 2006-2008.

Phase IIIB

Restoration of Graycliff continued from 2007 thru 2009 in this phase of restoration, which included windows and doors, the North Terrace of the Isabelle R. Martin House; and extensive work on the Foster House including asbestos abatement, installation of a state-of-the-art misting fire protection system in this building, and exterior stucco restoration.

Phase IV

Graycliff's 8.5 acres of historic landscape is as important historically as its buildings. Recognized nationally by the Cultural Landscape Foundation for its work to restore and preserve Graycliff's historic landscape, the Conservancy has completed Phase I, the most difficult phase of landscape restoration.

Phase V

Interior work completed to date includes two important projects: The restoration of the Sun Porch used by the Martin Family; and restoration of floors in the entry way, living room and dining room, as well as fire suppression in these areas.

Phase VI

Phase VI, the restoration of historic furnishings, is progressing behind the scenes. Thanks to prestigious national funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Graycliff Historic Report and Collections Assessment was recently completed. This research, by Pamela Kirschner and Scott Perkins, will inform the Conservancy's efforts to accurately furnish the interiors and care for the collection.

Phase VII

Through the generous support of the State of New York and the next investments in the Buffalo Billion, Empire State Development and many generous private donors are combining to invest over $4 million in the final phase of Graycliff restoration, including the interiors of both houses, select landscape projects, and restoring access to the beach tower.

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