On the heels of last weeks’ post detailing the breadth of designers involved in transforming this years’ Decorators’ Show House, we explored the estate up close. The 42 individually decorated spaces spread over the sprawling main house, carriage house and property grounds are now open for viewing until May 17th.
Located at 164 Lincoln Parkway, the 1907-08 Arts & Crafts style Edward H. Webster House is directly next to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. The main house contains 7 bedrooms and 7 baths in 6,600 sq. ft. while the carriage house in the back of the property has 2 bedrooms and 1.5 baths over a comfortable 1,234 sq. ft. It is currently on the market for $1.49 million.
The list of features in this years’ Show House is impressively long: custom murals, generous windows, stained glass, multiple fireplaces, several grand staircases, dozens of statement light fixtures, various kinds of hardwood flooring, several bar areas, one of a kind artwork throughout, ensuite baths, walk-in-closets, endless woodwork and a half-dozen outdoor spaces.
While work on updating the main house mainly consisted of cosmetic upgrades, the carriage house posed particular challenges for the renovation, including collapsed ceilings and busted floors. Despite the difficulties, the end result is a veritable sleeper hit. Upon entry of a building that normally might be an afterthought, featured are three architectural pieces creatively integrated into the structure of an open staircase. They had originally been located in the Gold Dome Bank downtown but were repurposed at some point by a previous owner. Double height ceilings in this space along with a cavernous walk-in-closet in the main bedroom contribute to a wow factor that elevates what it means to be a carriage house.
The pictures shown reveal only a fraction of the home and designers. To get the full experience – from the grandest living spaces to the tiniest nooks – a visit is a must.
The admission price of $25 is well spent. Proceeds from admissions benefit area cultural institutions and services – a goal consistent with the mission of the Junior League of Buffalo who implements the Show House in partnership with The Buffalo News. Past beneficiaries of the $3.7 million raised to date include The Darwin Martin Restoration Corporation, Child and Family Services/Haven House and the Massachusetts Avenue Project. Such organizations rely on funding sources like these to fulfill their missions across the city. As an added benefit, newly introduced this year is a ‘Cultural Campus Collaboration’ which is a partnership of Buffalo culturals offering various discounts if you visit the Show House.
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Show House hours thru May 17th:
Monday: Private tours only. Call 884-8865 for more information.
Tuesday – Friday: 10AM – 12:30PM & 6PM – 8:30PM
Saturday: 10AM – 4:30PM
Sunday: 10AM – 4:30PM
Get Connected: Junior League of Buffalo, 716.884.8865