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Secrets of Buffalo: A whole hidden neighborhood!

Slideshow of Agassiz Circle

This neighborhood is one of the best kept secrets of Buffalo. It is made up of just a few charmingly narrow tree filled streets with a variety of house styles casually composed in a dense village like cluster. It reminds me of a lakeside vacation town. You could almost imagine a beach being just around the corner. As I toured its streets recently I bumped into a few of its delightful residents who promptly asked asked me not to reveal their secret treasure. Of course I could not promise them that. Where is this neighborhood secret, you ask?

It is tucked up under Delaware Park hard by Forest Lawn Cemetery. It includes a college and feels very remote despite being a block away from the Humboldt subway station and bordered by the busy Scajaquada Expressway. This neighborhood is Agassiz Circle, possibly named for French naturalist Louis Agassiz who lived between 1807-73. Agassiz is the first circle on the former Humboldt Parkway, now destroyed for our driving pleasure. Much of the circle remains but the river of Scajaquada traffic and the many nearby institutional neighbors have served to conceal this area from the general consciousness of the city. You may have noticed the elegant houses fronting the circle without ever realizing that a little village lies just beyond. Walking its streets is a real pleasure. This neighborhood is probably officially part of Parkside but it has its very own unique character. It truly transports you to another place. This slide show gives you a hint of what it is like but the images don’t do the place justice. Check it out in person some time….If you can find it.

(You can find out more about the possible restoration of the circle here.

Written by David Steele

David Steele

Architect ( a real one, not just the armchair type), author of "Buffalo, Architecture in the American Forgotten Land" ( ), lover of great spaces, hater of sprawl and waste,
advocate for a better way of doing things.

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