My Favorite Buildings
This house on Richmond Avenue is very unusual for Buffalo. It stands out among its wooden neighbors not only in material but also in detail and form. Buffalo is overwhelmingly constructed of wood with brick coming in a distant second as a material. Stone houses are very rare. Also rare is the Palazzo styling and shape of this house. Buffalo's Queen Anne Victorians are strong expressions of Buffalo's new money attitude in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Unlike staid Delaware Avenue, Richmond Avenue's houses showed a bravado that only the newly rich dare show. This house, with its pink colored stone, rich detailing and perfect symmetry has always captured my imagination. Its detailing is bold but its style is restrained eschewing the wild shapes and towers of other Richmond Avenue residences. It has wonderful carved swags below a very fine cornice which defines a strong flat roof line. Also very beautiful are its many leaded beveled glass windows.
I get the impression that this is the second house on this site since its carriage house does not match in style. It also looks as if it had a front porch at one time. I have never seen a picture of what it looked like. Most likely it was constructed of wood which deteriorated over time. The building appears to have been divided into apartments of perhaps a rooming house and though it is remarkably intact it has never appeared to be well maintained. I keep hoping it gets the owner it deserves. With today's renewed understanding of Buffalo's architectural wealth I believe that day will come sooner than later.