Just Another Street in Buffalo
This slide show tour along Linwood Avenue gives a taste of the rich architectural texture that is so prevalent in Buffalo. Linwood, Stretching from North Street to Delevan Avenue is at once commonplace in Buffalo and yet still so extraordinary. This street is one of Buffalo's many many avenues of mansions. It was probably Buffalo's second most prestigious street for years. Running adjacent to and parallel with the much wealthier Delaware Avenue, it none the less carved out its own intregueing architectural direction. Its houses are likely to use a more experimental edgier style. Where Delaware was staid and reserved in its use of classical forms, Linwood's families were more likely to use more progressive architectural expressions such as the Shingle Stye or even jarring juxtapositions and compositions defying deffinition. The mansions are smaller on Linwood but still very large by anyone's standard. Their haunting beauty is dark and brooding with many surprises for the eye.
After WWII and the depression large houses like those found on Linwood fell out of favor. The old wealthy families either died out, moved on, or lost their fortunes in the depression. After the war, society had new priorities that did not include the showiness of grand estates run by large staffs of servants. The old houses of Linwood followed the same path as so many Buffalo streets. Some fell into disrepair, a few were demolished, some were converted to apartments and rooming houses. Still others were converted to offices. While Linwood had hit a rough patch over the last 60 years it has weathered the storm mostly intact. Today Linwood appears to be in a major resurgence. Many of the houses on the street have received top quality renovations with many being converted back to single family use. This slide show alone can not do justice to so many of these buildings. Consider this piece a down payment for additional exploration of some of the best Linwood residences.