Mansion on Delaware a "Historic Hotels of America"

First honor of its kind for Buffalo-Niagara Region

Oct 21, 2011, 13:15 ET from The Mansion on Delaware Avenue

BUFFALO, N.Y., Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mansion on Delaware Avenue today announced its induction into Historic Hotels of America, an affiliate of The National Trust for Historic Preservation.


The luxury hotel is the Buffalo-Niagara Region's first facility to be admitted and one of only a dozen in New York State.      

The hotel joins relatively few iconic hotels in New York with the designation, including the Waldorf-Astoria and The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan; the Sagamore on Lake George; and the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. The announcement was made during the 2011 National Preservation Conference held this week in Buffalo.

"The hotel's inclusion in Historic Hotels of America spotlights Buffalo as a preeminent preservation destination in America," said Dennis Murphy, owner of The Mansion on Delaware Avenue. "This is a reflection of Buffalo's revitalization and we are honored to have inspired a movement that pushed Buffalo into a top-tier architectural travel destination."

The 1867 Buffalo mansion became a luxury class butler service hotel in 2001 after sitting dormant for more than 20 years.

"Our guests bask in the hotel's historic architectural splendor," added Geno Principe, proprietor. "And they return because of our renowned service by butlers who enjoy sharing in the history and stories of the fabled Mansion."

The Second Empire structure, designed by noted architect George Allison, was restored flawlessly and retains the prominent architectural detail of the period.

"Historic Hotels of America is delighted, and honored, to welcome The Mansion on Delaware Avenue as its newest member hotel," said Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America. "Our goal is to bring historically significant hotels and their experiences to the growing culture and heritage travel market. Each member hotel showcases its own rich history and encourages the value of historic preservation."

Nationally, the 235 member hotels include The Fairmont in San Francisco, CA; The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV; Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, CA; and Williamsburg Inn in Virginia, among others. The criteria for membership include that a hotel must be at least 50 years old; listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance; has faithfully maintained its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance; and provides a distinctive level of service.

About Historic Hotels of America 

Historic Hotels of America® was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members. In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America. With more than 235 hotels that have faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties. More than 30 of the world's finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America.  To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, or recognized as having historic significance. Historic Hotels of America partners with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 21 hotel associations in 21 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses, and country estates. For more information, please visit

About The Mansion on Delaware Avenue

The Mansion on Delaware Avenue is a butler-serviced, luxury hotel in downtown Buffalo, NY. The hotel is recognized as a Zagat 'top' hotel in America, a Trip Advisor top 100 hotel value in the world, and consistent AAA four diamond hotel. The hotel has been featured in Architectural Digest and The Travel Channel. The hotel also covets the Officier Maitre Hotelier or "national golden plate award" of Chaine des Rotisseurs for its culinary expertise. For more information, please visit:

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