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Obstructionist Victory 35+ Years Ago – See the Results!

Article submitted by Preservation Buffalo Niagara: Historical Presentation Wednesday Night

Buffalo’s first Historic District was established in 1974 as a result of citizen-obstructionists (aka preservationists) successful efforts to prevent the demolition of 3 grand mansions to make way for a non-descript office building. Another victory was the “save” of the Wilcox Mansion, spared from demolition in the 1960s, which will be the starting point of a one-day event co-sponsored by Preservation Buffalo Niagara and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site.

On August 21, at your leisure on a self-guided tour, you can visit the interiors and grounds of 11 gloriously designed private homes built to last for centuries and now protected for the future.

100 years ago Buffalo was the 8th largest city in the US and one of the busiest ports and industrial centers in the world, with more millionaires per capita than any other American City. This concentration of wealth is evident today in the design and decoration of the fabulous mansions along Delaware Avenue, Buffalo’s grandest street, and in the surrounding neighborhood.

“These mansions exemplify the luxurious lifestyles of Buffalo’s most affluent citizens and remain the equal of any such homes anywhere in the country,” according to Architectural Historian Martin Wachadlo.

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This is a rare opportunity to take a look inside 6 of the magnificent mansions in the most prestigious blocks of the Avenue, and 5 impressive private homes on adjacent Oakland Place, a one block long street running directly behind the largest mansions.

Among those open will be the Williams-Butler Mansion (designed in 1896 by McKim, Mead & White, then the nation’s most prestigious architectural firm); the Knox mansion of 1916, a grand home that was occupied by the Knox Family until the 1970s (designed by C.P.H. Gilbert, who also designed mansions for the Woolworths, cousins of the Knoxes); and the Goodyear mansion (designed in 1901 by Green & Wicks, Buffalo’s most prestigious firm), that once hosted the King and Queen of Belgium.

Bonus Tonight – Pre-tour lecture for those with discounted early-bird tickets! (available at the door). Wednesday August 11 at 7:00 pm at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, 641 Delaware Avenue, Martin Wachadlo will give an in-depth presentation on the architecture, the families, and their business connections in the prosperous city during the first half of the 20th century.

Tour Information: August 21, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Early-bird tickets $25 each (members’ price of $20)
Day of Tour: $30
Tickets available at the TR Site or Preservation Buffalo Niagara, or by calling 852-3300
Online purchases at www.BuffaloTours.org

Photos:

Delaware Avenue: Knox Mansion, Music Room
 
Oakland Place: Reed House, Reception Room

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