Praise for FRED’S Author
This is a fascinating walk down Buffalo’s past.  The characters are interesting, colorful and historic.  The author has taken memorable moments that highlight the Queen City as seen through the eyes of an aging apartment building.  It is an emotional read as you follow the lives of its tenants.  Full of romance, intrigue, and heartfelt stories.  As you read, you become familiar and attached to the residents. Telling the stories through the eyes of the building’s life is creative and imaginative.  The building actually takes on a life of its own.  If you've never been to Buffalo, you’ll feel as if you’ve lived here your whole life. It truly depicts the spirit of the “City of Good Neighbors.”

Michaelene Karpinski

Administrative Assistant to the President of Villa Maria College

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T18:40:31+00:00

Michaelene Karpinski

Administrative Assistant to the President of Villa Maria College

This is a fascinating walk down Buffalo’s past.  The characters are interesting, colorful and historic.  The author has taken memorable moments that highlight the Queen City as seen through the eyes of an aging apartment building.  It is an emotional read as you follow the lives of its tenants.  Full of romance, intrigue, and heartfelt stories.  As you read, you become familiar and attached to the residents. Telling the stories through the eyes of the building’s life is creative and imaginative.  The building actually takes on a life of its own.  If you've never been to Buffalo, you’ll feel as if you’ve lived here your whole life. It truly depicts the spirit of the “City of Good Neighbors.”
Praise for FRED’S Author
The building of a community emerges with the construction of Fred, a commercial building and our storyteller who shares the lives of his tenants with us.  We learn of the love entanglements of Fred’s builder, Leon, and the societal judgments of out of wedlock children.   Struggles to find employment and jobs that paid a decent rate were shared whether the family name was Murphy, Torres, or Henson.  The reader can feel the joy of the Jablonski family as they move from an apartment and purchase their own homes.  Sunday dinners, a handwritten diary, protests, wars. religious diversity, sponsoring relatives and sending money back home. all bring back memories of my growing up in South Buffalo.  I could smell the aroma of our own family dinners as Fred tells us about the Schiavone’s preparations for their “extra special” Sunday dinner.  Memories of the New York Central Terminal brought back visions of welcoming relatives who had been sponsored and then became part of our immediate family.  There always seemed to be room for one more.

As the building evolves and community changes, we see many recurring themes.  Is this 2021 or 1940?    Has society changed much or are we still dealing with the lack of equality, fairness, respect, and opportunity just as Fred witnessed through his tenants?  The cohesive families of Fred’s early years and their network of support seems to be lost in our time. The stale Irish stereotype of drinking was a disappointment, but the flavor and ethnic diversity Fred enjoyed brought back memories of a time when we knew that we were all part of the tapestry that created our community.

Fred Buffalo Building of Dreams will be enjoyed by all who want to get a better understanding of the immigrant experience or just want to reminisce about growing up in Buffalo.

Mary C. Heneghan, Chairman

Buffalo Irish Center

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T19:00:53+00:00

Mary C. Heneghan, Chairman

Buffalo Irish Center

The building of a community emerges with the construction of Fred, a commercial building and our storyteller who shares the lives of his tenants with us.  We learn of the love entanglements of Fred’s builder, Leon, and the societal judgments of out of wedlock children.   Struggles to find employment and jobs that paid a decent rate were shared whether the family name was Murphy, Torres, or Henson.  The reader can feel the joy of the Jablonski family as they move from an apartment and purchase their own homes.  Sunday dinners, a handwritten diary, protests, wars. religious diversity, sponsoring relatives and sending money back home. all bring back memories of my growing up in South Buffalo.  I could smell the aroma of our own family dinners as Fred tells us about the Schiavone’s preparations for their “extra special” Sunday dinner.  Memories of the New York Central Terminal brought back visions of welcoming relatives who had been sponsored and then became part of our immediate family.  There always seemed to be room for one more. As the building evolves and community changes, we see many recurring themes.  Is this 2021 or 1940?    Has society changed much or are we still dealing with the lack of equality, fairness, respect, and opportunity just as Fred witnessed through his tenants?  The cohesive families of Fred’s early years and their network of support seems to be lost in our time. The stale Irish stereotype of drinking was a disappointment, but the flavor and ethnic diversity Fred enjoyed brought back memories of a time when we knew that we were all part of the tapestry that created our community. Fred Buffalo Building of Dreams will be enjoyed by all who want to get a better understanding of the immigrant experience or just want to reminisce about growing...
Praise for FRED’S Author
With each chapter, I found myself anxiously wondering who was moving in next and what their story was. If every building in Buffalo had a biography such as this, I wonder if we would be so quick to tear so much of our history down, if we may appreciate the lesson each story and each tenant could bring us. I am quickly reminded that we are stewards of our built environment; we should conserve their embodied energy and nurture their stories, saved for generations after we're gone. I wish Fred another 100 years demolition- free and I'm sad I won't be around to read about his next century of tenants, their struggles, hardships, and triumphs. 

Christina Lincoln

Housing Rehab Programs Manager for the Matt Urban Center/Co-Chair of the

Fillmore Forward Design Committee

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T19:01:59+00:00

Christina Lincoln

Housing Rehab Programs Manager for the Matt Urban Center/Co-Chair of the

Fillmore Forward Design Committee

With each chapter, I found myself anxiously wondering who was moving in next and what their story was. If every building in Buffalo had a biography such as this, I wonder if we would be so quick to tear so much of our history down, if we may appreciate the lesson each story and each tenant could bring us. I am quickly reminded that we are stewards of our built environment; we should conserve their embodied energy and nurture their stories, saved for generations after we're gone. I wish Fred another 100 years demolition- free and I'm sad I won't be around to read about his next century of tenants, their struggles, hardships, and triumphs. 
Praise for FRED’S Author
It's fascinating. I was captivated from the beginning. The story of Fred is difficult to stop reading. There is so much history in the life of one building. It really makes you think about so many things. I recommend this as a wonderful read that will broaden your view point  on history and especially the many lives that come into our neighborhoods.

John Brands,  Jr.

Operations Manager, Santasiero's Restaurant

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T18:41:48+00:00

John Brands,  Jr.

Operations Manager, Santasiero's Restaurant

It's fascinating. I was captivated from the beginning. The story of Fred is difficult to stop reading. There is so much history in the life of one building. It really makes you think about so many things. I recommend this as a wonderful read that will broaden your view point  on history and especially the many lives that come into our neighborhoods.
Praise for FRED’S Author
Fred: Buffalo Building of Dreams gives new meaning to the expression, “if walls could talk.”  In Schmidt’s novel they actually do, telling the story of Buffalo through the eyes of a 121-year-old building.  Along the way, we learn about the lives of a bevy of characters of all races and creeds, teaching us not only about life on one city block, but of human civilization in a century of immense change and loss.  Bravo to Schmidt for reminding  us just how rich in history Buffalo truly is.”

Rabbi Alexander Lazarus-Klein

Congregation Shir Shalom

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T18:39:11+00:00

Rabbi Alexander Lazarus-Klein

Congregation Shir Shalom

Fred: Buffalo Building of Dreams gives new meaning to the expression, “if walls could talk.”  In Schmidt’s novel they actually do, telling the story of Buffalo through the eyes of a 121-year-old building.  Along the way, we learn about the lives of a bevy of characters of all races and creeds, teaching us not only about life on one city block, but of human civilization in a century of immense change and loss.  Bravo to Schmidt for reminding  us just how rich in history Buffalo truly is.”
Praise for FRED’S Author
I most appreciated chapter 20, 21 and 22. with arguably one of the most divided presidential elections. I found comfort in your allyship. When someone can understand the root of a social group’s pain, that is when true allyship and compassion manifests. You have made it clear your interests and belief in sharing the story of many people and for this, I am grateful. I am confident other readers will feel the same.

Joshua Charles

Cornell University|College of Agriculture and Life Sciences '20

Interdisciplinary Studies in Economic Development

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T19:03:06+00:00

Joshua Charles

Cornell University|College of Agriculture and Life Sciences '20

Interdisciplinary Studies in Economic Development

I most appreciated chapter 20, 21 and 22. with arguably one of the most divided presidential elections. I found comfort in your allyship. When someone can understand the root of a social group’s pain, that is when true allyship and compassion manifests. You have made it clear your interests and belief in sharing the story of many people and for this, I am grateful. I am confident other readers will feel the same.
Praise for FRED’S Author
It’s not often a building tells a story, and rarer still when that story both spans a city’ history and is told by the building itself. With a unique voice and perspective, Fred provides a romp through Buffalo history through the experiences and stories of the many tenants that have occupied his walls over the years. As the times change, so too do the tenants and residents, and we follow along with births, deaths, marriages, meetings of Suffragettes and professors, all the way to the modern rebirth of Niagara Street and Buffalo’s West Side.

Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time on the West Side is most likely familiar with the building and its many guises throughout the years, and through a detailed and well-researched history of its tenants, the author brings the past to life in a most novel method, centering around a structure of many lives perched on the edge of the Niagara.

Fans of American history, architecture, and Buffalo alike will find joy in sharing the life of a building that has stood through ups and downs and housed dozens of Buffalonians past..

Jason Barone

Manager of IsaisGonzalez-Soto Branch Library

 

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T18:59:39+00:00

Jason Barone

Manager of IsaisGonzalez-Soto Branch Library

 

It’s not often a building tells a story, and rarer still when that story both spans a city’ history and is told by the building itself. With a unique voice and perspective, Fred provides a romp through Buffalo history through the experiences and stories of the many tenants that have occupied his walls over the years. As the times change, so too do the tenants and residents, and we follow along with births, deaths, marriages, meetings of Suffragettes and professors, all the way to the modern rebirth of Niagara Street and Buffalo’s West Side. Anyone who has spent a decent amount of time on the West Side is most likely familiar with the building and its many guises throughout the years, and through a detailed and well-researched history of its tenants, the author brings the past to life in a most novel method, centering around a structure of many lives perched on the edge of the Niagara. Fans of American history, architecture, and Buffalo alike will find joy in sharing the life of a building that has stood through ups and downs and housed dozens of Buffalonians past..
Praise for FRED’S Author
Through the eyes and ears of “Fred”  we see the hopes and struggles endured by those who came searching for a better life. The novel, beautifully created, by author Frances Schmidt, paints a picture that encompassed  multi ethnic groups and those of color alike.  It’s a reminder to us, their decedents, to reflect on their toils and not cast aside those who come today searching the same dream.

Joseph Di Leo, Publisher

Per Niente Magazine

 

 

FRED Buffalo Building of Dreams, Frances R. Schmidt
2020-11-10T18:26:28+00:00

Joseph Di Leo, Publisher

Per Niente Magazine

 

 

Through the eyes and ears of “Fred”  we see the hopes and struggles endured by those who came searching for a better life. The novel, beautifully created, by author Frances Schmidt, paints a picture that encompassed  multi ethnic groups and those of color alike.  It’s a reminder to us, their decedents, to reflect on their toils and not cast aside those who come today searching the same dream.
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