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Shea Mansion Update: Buy It Now for Just Under $600K

A few weeks ago we featured this house at 356 Richmond Avenue with a teaser, hinting that you could possibly own it in the near future.  Well, the future is here.  The distinctive house, sometimes known as the Shea Mansion, has recently been listed for sale.

The Realty USA listing describes the house as:

ONE OF A KIND – SHEA’S MANSION * OVER 4,300 SQ FT * RESTORED TO PERFECTION TOP TO BOTTOM * ITALIAN RENAISSANCE PALAZZO STYLE * FEATURES: ORNAMENTALLY EMBOSSED CROWN MOLDING * RESTORED WHITE OAK PARQUET HARDWDS W/WALNUT & MAHOGANY * LEADED & STAINED GLASS WNDWS * LRG FOYER * DEN W/GAS FRPLC * LIVING RM W/GAS FRPLC & BOOK SHLVS * LRG FRML DINING * UPDATED EAT-IN KITCHEN W/GAS FRPLC, GRANTE BRKFST BAR, REDWOOD HRDWDS, BTLER PANTRY * COMPLT REDONE MSTR BATH * 2ND FLR LAUND * 3RD FLR APT OR IN-LAW SUITE W/SKYLITES * 40 YR TEAR OFF ROOF ’08 * NEW 2.5 CAR GARAGE ’07 * FRNT PORCH ’07 * HEAT/CA ’07 *

You can get a great preview of the house in the video virtual tour at this link.

The 3 story stone house, built in 1898, was recently renovated from top to bottom. It includes the main residence with basement and two floors, plus a third floor apartment. The main residence has 14 rooms including 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and 2 half baths.  Taxes are a modest $5,275. The 3rd floor apartment will easily cover that cost and more. This is a great opportunity to own one of Buffalos most architecturally distinctive houses. 

 

Written by STEEL

STEEL

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

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  • OldFirstWard

    I wonder why they altered the porch design elements with the remodel.  Columns, rails, and other trim details were omitted.

  • jstraubinger

    Beautiful interior.

  • buffalorr

    Posted this last week already. Beat you to the punch.

  • girlonfastwheels

    OldFirstWard If you click the link to the original post, when the current owner bought the property the porch was missing.  This is the replacement they designed based off historical photos they found.

  • OTOH

    Let’s guess the final purchase price: I’ll say $537,500.

  • Sweetlincolnsmullet

    They did a wonderful job of redoing the porch nothing like the original.

  • DaveHaefner

    Sweetlincolnsmullet The porch is similar to the original.  The ionic columns and pedestals are the most similar aspect.  Yes the proportions a bit off, other details and six columns are missing, but those items would probably  have double the cost of the porch.  
    The landscaping is dreadful and does no justice to  the house.

  • timatbuffalo

    Taxes are a modest $5,275 now until a new sale occurs.

  • GotAnyChange

    Landscaping should be minimal out front. Easy fix.

  • Lake Effect

    The original proportions would not be up to current city code. The rails were much lower then, so balusters were more squat. Also, those columns aren’t cheap, to build to the original design the owner would have had to purchase an additional 11 columns.

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    DaveHaefner Sweetlincolnsmullet I don’t mind the unkempt look.  I’m rather unkempt in appearance myself so I have to be consistent, heh

  • Northbuff

    I really love all those snow/ice dam thingies on the gutters. Looks nice but I guess not practical maintinence wise in todays day and age just like cornices.

  • apologies if this question was already answered, but why is it called the shea mansion instead of the schmidt mansion?

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    grad94 STEEL is writing his Buffalo Rising thesis on this house; I think your question was answered in an earlier installment
    indeed it was:
    “The house was built by Frederick Schmidt, probably around 1898 who sold it to Thomas Shea in 1909 who conveyed it to Michael Shea in 1919. It remained as the longtime residence of the famous Buffalo showman and his family well into the late 20th century.  Its showy appearance marked a good match to the elaborate theater palaces that powered Shea’s fortune.”

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    OTOH $537,499

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz 
    very helpful, thanks!

  • Matt Marcinkiewicz

    grad94 Matt Marcinkiewicz never a problem

  • OldFirstWard

    I understand what happened with the interior being painted, but I can see a tremendous loss of about $100,000 in value by every piece of wall, trim, and ceiling coffering being slathered over with paint.  
    It would have been worth the effort to restore some of the oak trim and wainscoting.  One would expect to see natural woodwork in a restored mansion.

  • bufforward

    OldFirstWard  I can understand the appeal of restoring the wood, but it would be a seriously labor intensive undertaking. And theres no way it add anywhere close to $100,000 to the value.

  • NorthBuf

    I like the painted trim, the natural wood color is way to dark and oppressive. Really closes in the area

  • JohnMarko

    Lake Effect 
    For the four 8 foot stone columns I want to do for my home, it would cost about $150-200 a piece.  It’s not an unreasonable cost.
    The original design had 12 as I count them.  The current design has 4 – so they’d only need 8 more.  At $150-200 a piece that’s about another $1,600 – or $2,400 for the 12.  It’s cheaper to order in bulk, so the unit price would drop the more you purchase.
    But I’m waiting until I get off my ass and do some work!!!  Just finished the front lawn weeding and sprinkler repair (going to desert landscaping, removing lawn). I have no desire to do more for now!
    To build a historic design, there are allowances.  Even if height had to be added to the railings, we are only talking about 6 inches or so.  I’ve done plenty of renos and new designs to incorporate historic design to meet current codes.  It would not be difficult to do the original design to current code – if that’s what the current owner really wanted.  But what they did is quite nice as it is.  In time, I bet whoever owns the house will do it historically accurate.

  • buffalorr

    Matt Marcinkiewicz I’ve glanced around Barnes and Noble for someone wearing a hoodie with an unkempt look but so far the crowd’s been pretty vanilla looking.