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House Watch: Johnson Park

Last year, during one of my neighborhood photo journal walkabouts, I found myself touring around Johnson Park (see here). At the time, one of the houses that I came upon was considered a work in progress, while another one was in a sort of disrepair. A couple of days ago I made a return trip through the park to check on any updates and was psyched to see that one of the aforementioned houses was now officially complete, inside and out. The other was still sitting at the starting gate, getting ready for its new life as an architectural stunner.



The brick house above has gone from a long lost cause to one of the premier houses on the street. Inside there are now seven apartments. The outside grounds are landscaped to perfection, and there is a parking lot in back with gate, lighting and small terrace.

As I was speaking to one of the neighbors about the park, I inquired about the magnificent gingerbread that stood a few doors down. Last year at this time there was a building permit in the window. Now there is a new Peyton Barlow sign hanging near the front entranceway. The neighbor told me that renovation work was scheduled to get underway soon. Personally, I can’t wait to see this particular house completed, and I’m dying to get inside to check it out once it’s all set. To me, this house is absolutely enchanting. For years I’ve waited to see if someone was going to put some love back into it. Knowing the reputation of Peyton Barlow, I think we will all be pleased with the outcome.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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