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Linwood Tour of Homes – DO NOT MISS THIS!

I hope that you caught yesterday’s post on the Linwood Tour of Homes. If you are planning on taking the tour, I wanted to point out a couple of ‘must-sees’ that I discovered on the Tour of Homes website. Following are the descriptions: 

127 Linwood Avenue.
Extensive renovations to this 1890s Queen Anne Victorian have taken place since 2006, when the property was part of a previous Tour of Homes. The house is resplendent with natural oak woodwork and beautiful leaded and stained glass windows. Floors have been refinished, the kitchen redone, the exterior repainted, yards have been landscaped, and a two-story back apartment has just been seamlessly reincorporated into the main house.

470 Linwood Avenue.
As recently as the early 1990’s an abused and almost derelict HUD house, this lovely three-story, 18-room home was rescued and redone from top to bottom, including a wonderful cook’s kitchen and gardens that have been featured on Buffalo Garden Walk.

The biennial Linwood tour of homes is this weekend.  The tour allows
you rare access inside many of the fabulous mansions on one of
America’s (yes America’s) most spectacular residential streets. I took
this tour couple years ago and believe me, this is a fantastic not to
be missed city event.

The Linwood Avenue tour is actually more accurately described as a neighborhood tour.  This year it will include buildings on several streets near Linwood. Interesting buildings on Main Street such as the huge Bristol Home and the newly restored buildings at 1160 Main which now house the Olmsted Center for Sight and the Statler Center are featured.  Another don’t miss off Linwood site includes the beyond spectacular Delaware Avenue Baptist Church.  Without exaggeration this building has one of the most beautiful interiors to be found anywhere.  This incredible work of art has to be seen because words and pictures can’t convey the scope of its beauty. Another interesting addition to the tour is a house located at 140 Oxford.  The Oxford section of the Linwood neighborhood has been a long time down-at-its-heels wedge of wonderful Victorians in the triangle between Forest Lawn Cemetery, Main Street, and Linwood.  Look for this area to see a lot of investment in coming years.  The house featured on the tour has recently received a major top to bottom restoration.

The Linwood tour of homes is self guided and is a great excuse to walk the entire Length of the street if you have the stamina.  I would highly recommend the walk because this is not just a tour of the interiors.  It is a tour of a very special part of the city of Buffalo.  Tours like this are increasingly becoming popular throughout Buffalo.  As Garden walk has shown, giving the pubic the opportunity to experience the city close up is the best form of preservation. As people are re-exposed to the precious and irreplaceable heritage that is Buffalo they begin to understand that it is much more valuable than the next new parking lot.

The tour is sponsored by Linwood Historic District and Friends
The tour web page is full of information and links for prepaid discount tickets 

Historic Linwood Tour of Homes
Sunday, April 25, 2010
12pm to 4:30pm

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