City of Tonawanda Mayor Ronald Pilozzi said it best: "You can't rebuild history."
Many local towns and municipal governments hold the deeds to some of the region's oldest historic treasures, typically with good intentions.
But the best of intentions don't amount to much if local governments and taxpayers don't have the commitment to keeping these historic structures standing and viable. The 1820s Reist Mill in Williamsville is the latest historic building to crumble while in government hands.
That leaves many to wonder whether enough is being done to save the historic building that still remain, and if not, what will it take to protect and restore these buildings for the next generation?