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Winning Smiles Dentistry is a Step Up

When it comes to architecture on Linwood Avenue, there’s stunning, and then there’s uninspiring. Last year at this time there was a building that was so uninspiring that it could have won a prize. The 205 Linwood structure was so lame that it appeared to be some sort of storehouse for a Niagara Mohawk power station, or some other crazy unfriendly neighborhood front. To think that someone actually built this on one of the most historic and architecturally significant streets in all of Buffalo is a crime.


Fortunately there is an upside to this story. Over the last few months, this building has been seeing some improvements, which are being made in order to upgrade the structure into a dentistry – Winning Smiles Dentistry.

Does this enhanced structure fit in with historic Linwood, with all of its historic mansions? Not really. Is it an improvement over what was there? Yes. Could something have been built that would have more fittingly paid tribute to the historic nature of the street? Yes. Could it have been a multi-use building, with apartments upstairs and a dentistry downstairs? Yes. Would that multi-use building have been an additional money maker for the building owner, and a victory for the street? I would have to say, yes. Did that happen? No. Is having a dentist on the street, in a building that no longer looks like a bomb shelter better for Linwood than what previously existed? Of course.

It’s certainly a step up.

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. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Johnny Pizza

    Newell – Can I write an article without a snooty, underhanded comment? No. Do I think I’m right about everything? Yes. Do I look down on others for not doing exactly what I suggest? Yes. Is my money ever on the line for these projects? No. Should those private citizens follow to the letter exactly what I write in my blog? Yes.

    • Matthew Moje

      I thought this was a David Steele with how it was written

  • Mr. B

    “To think that someone actually built this on one of the most historic
    and architecturally significant streets in all of Buffalo is a crime.”

    A crime against who?


    • eagercolin

      People who look at pictures of buildings on the internet. They’re our most precious resource, and their feelings need to be protected!

      • Matt Marcinkiewicz

        Ever been on Linwood? The street is arguably the most magnificent in the city, at least in the section from North to W Ferry or thereabouts. This building does indeed stand out as being out of place on such a street

  • Bfloforthewin

    Looking at the rendering, the progress photo and a guess at the materials, this looks like the best possible outcome for a reuse/rehab of the building. They’re removing the excess asphalt out front, adding windows with shutters and a porch, looks like replacing the vinyl siding with shakes, bricks throughout and great landscaping. To criticize them for not building a multi-story mixed use building in a neighborhood where anything proposed that isn’t a 19th century mansion will get rejected, is a bit much even for BRO.

    • Hugh Jarvis

      You nailed it. This building should never have been built, and was an eyesore. Then a couple of years back, the previous owners tried to sneak vinyl siding on to the front!

      Short of a complete demo and rebuild, this is a vast improvement for our street.

  • 300miles

    glad to see they’re removing some of that paving in front too.

  • Vandra This isn’t a new build, it’s trying to make the best of a currently really boring structure. Sure, they could have torn it down and built new, but instead they are trying to improve what’s there. The original didn’t even have front windows.

  • PaulBuffalo

    The only crime here is the name of the business. What is with the increasing number of dental offices with cheesy names? I hope the medical profession resists this trend. If I have to visit a neurosurgeon’s office and it’s titled ‘Brain Games’, I will have lost all hope for humanity.

    • Ivan Putski Jr

      or a plastic surgeon’s office titled ‘Boobs and Stuff’

    • Johnny Pizza

      Well a dentist and a neurosurgeon are in vastly different parts of the medical field so I don’t see that happening.

      • PaulBuffalo

        I appreciate your assurance but I’m holding you accountable if you’re wrong.

    • greenca

      There’s nothing wrong with the name. It is a pediatric dentist after all.

    • Danielle

      I’ve already lost hope for humanity but this comment was so funny I want to like it twice. This is clearly a winner from the Komment Korner.