I paid no attention to it because it seemed a bit severe and a little overwhelming when compared to some of its Parkside neighbors. It also used to have an unfortunate paint scheme a few years back where the decorative half timbering boards were painted a light color which contrasted too sharply with the brick walls. The more I looked at it, however, the more I understood it and the more I could appreciate its real beauty and genius. It is built in the style imitating the half timber framing methods common to medieval Europe but with a twist. The house employs a stylized variation of half timbering by placing the (decorative) timbers very close together altering the house's apparent proportions. The spaces between are filled with a yellow/orange Roman brick yielding a very rich color and texture. A Medina sandstone base lends strength and permanence to the building.
The slate clad dormers are composed with simple Platonic shapes with no decoration adding a bit of the Shingle Style into the mix. In fact the building actually has a mix of stylistic influences. The treatment of the half timbering and the visually taught skin and volumetric forms and unusual proportions is very much in line with the Shingle Style in the manner of the influential firm McKim Mead and White's early work. The main stair at the front hall shows shaker influences and the simplicity of the overall interior suggests the casual atmosphere of a country manor house. This house is really one of Buffalo's major under rated treasures.