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Then and Now: Fargo Fabulous

I came across this postcard on Facebook showing a fabulous “Cottage at Buffalo, N.Y.”  My first thought was that it was probably gone.  But the distinctive house looked kind of familiar but could not place where I had seen it before.  I thought I might have a photo of it but could not track one down.   The image was posted by Chris Brown, who quickly cleared up the mystery, stating that, yes, the house still exists on Fargo near Jersey right next to the new Tipico Cafe (visible at the right of the image below prior to its renovation).  He notes that it was designed by Charles D. Swan in 1888.

The before and after images look quite different, but as you look closely you realize that it still holds most of its original detail.  The major changes include the paint color and the loss of the amazing porch columns and balustrade.  The house is in Buffalo’s newest National Historic District, meaning it is now eligible for historic tax credits.  Hopefully this new benefit will someday help bring that fabulous porch back.

By the way, this street is loaded with amazing houses and is still way under valued.  Now is the time to buy in this area.

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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