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Buffalo LIVING Tour adds historic hotel for Happy Hour with Luxury Car Show

City loft buildings and hotel unveiled for 6th tour of residences

Each year, the Buffalo LIVING Tour offers a chance for people to explore a number of the recent building conversions, into swank residential units (including lofts, condos, and hotel suites).

This year, a special happy hour event is included in the tour. The happy hour will be situated at the south lawn of the newly renovated Hotel Henry at the HH Richardson “campus” (no longer “complex”). The event will be held from 5pm to 8pm, rain or shine. There will be a large tent, craft cocktails, and live musical by the Rhythm Rockers. Images featured in this post are of Hotel Henry. 

To add to the luxurious side of life, Towne Automotive will be rolling up to Hotel Henry with a fleet of Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, BMWs, and MINI Coopers. Towne will also be unveiling its new franchise – BMW Motorrad, featuring several high performance motorcycles.

Participants can take any of the three Trolleys which will be pulling up to each of the buildings, on a continuous circuit from 10am till 5pm (they will all go to the Hotel Henry from 5pm to 9pm, and continue back to each venue to drop off those who have attended the special Happy Hour).

“The masterpiece of Henry Hobson Richardson couldn’t be a better venue to conclude the day’s visits to other historic locations that have been given new life as cool living spaces”, remarks Paul D. Maurer, The tour’s organizer.

Following are the highlights of the tour:

The headquarters for the Tour will be 905 Elmwood (at Delavan Ave.) by Ellicott Development.  Where once an old gas station stood, you behold a multi-story, sleek, new-build with primo Elmwood Village convenience.  Apartments range from 900 square feet to a spacious 1,900 square foot abode with quartz countertops, imported porcelain tile, euro style cabinetry, and expansive windows.  On-site parking is accessible from West Delavan Avenue. 

The Cornelius (1391 Hertel Ave.) by Iskalo Development, is a stunning renovation of the former St. Margaret’s elementary school.  The name is from a creek that used to run along Hertel.  Apartments consist of all new construction and include the highquality finishes, details and appointments that Iskalo projects are known for.  However, the “wow factor” of the apartments at The Cornelius is their large windows and tall ceilings, which reach up to 14’ on the second floor.  Secured gated parking is just across Hertel Avenue.

Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center (444 Forest Ave.), Managed by Innvest Lodging Services.  Built in 1870 by Henry Hobson Richardson, the noted architect created this, his largest masterpiece, for placement on equally historic Frederick Law Olmsted-designed landscaped grounds!   It sat unkempt for decades until local philanthropists and New York State refurbished it down to every detail and opened it in May, 2017.  The hotel will be both a Tour spotlight AND our final Happy Hour event site.  The Happy Hour, from 5pm (immediately following the Tour) till 8pm will be on the south lawn, surrounded by the magnificent towers!  A large tent will make this a rain-or-shine event.  Craft cocktails, beer, and wine will be sold and music will be via the upscale The Rhythm Rockers, live!

Buffalo River Landing (441 Ohio St.) by Savarino Companies Development has re-use as its objective and industrial chic inside and out.  Situated on the Buffalo River, Buffalo River Landing was home to an industrial freight house for goods shipped on the Great Lakes. The property has been transformed into 80 residential units, with 66 one-bedrooms and 14 two-bedrooms. The one-bedroom units average just under 800 square feet while the two-bedroom apartments are in the 1,600-square-foot range. Portions of the structure originally constructed around 1868 are included in the 125,000 square foot, five story beauty overlooking the once-again-busy river.

The School Lofts @ Abbott (31 Tamarack St.) located in the heart of South Buffalo along Abbott Road, is a conversion of a historic school building into a state-of-the-art residential complex featuring 32 luxury loft apartments. The school was built in 1926 as part of the St. Thomas Aquinas church complex and is now a historic landmark.  The 12-foot high ceilings and large windows create a sense of airiness with maximum potential for daylight harvesting. Historic features such as slate blackboards, windows, hardwood floors, doors & hardware have been retained and renovated, maintaining a sense of history. All apartment units feature high-efficiency central air-conditioning & heating, energy-rated appliances including in-unit washer & dryer, and on-site parking.

The Mansion on Delaware Avenue (414 Delaware Ave) by Innvest Lodging Services on-site, is the posh “residence-of-the-stars” when they entertain in Buffalo.  See rooms where Mick Jagger, Toby Keith, Oprah Winfrey, Garth Brooks, and many more have slept and entertained guests.  This is one of Buffalo’s only AAA Four Diamond Award-winning luxury hotel that combines Second Empire architecture with modern elegance and comforts. With its signature 24-hour butler service, The Mansion offers a truly unique hotel experience. Each of the 28 rooms are ornately decorated and feature 100% Italian cotton linens.  The Grand Salon is perfect for an elegant wedding and can accommodate up to 200 guests!

Amherst Woods (1394 Amherst St) by Buffalo Management Group – A unique group of buildings, homes, and a carriage house with architectural significance.   One and two bedroom apartments in a “Grand Dame” English Tudor mansion located in the coveted Delaware Park area.  Think leisurely walks down tree-lined streets when living here!  Each has up to date kitchens, tiled baths, and fine looking floor plans.   – A unique large home with architectural significance.   One and two bedroom apartments in a “Grand Dame” English Tudor mansion located in the coveted Delaware Park area.  The buildings’ furnished apartments are move-in ready and provide every facility imaginable for a comfortable living.  Each has up to date kitchens, tiled baths, and fine looking floor plans.   

298 Main Street by Kissling Interests is a high rise that’s nice and close to lower Main action from Key Bank Center concerts and Sabres games to Canalside activities!  A penthouse loft in Buffalo?  Find it here!   On the 11th floor of this lovingly restored historic structure, there are two of these!  Plus, 24 live/work lofts on floors 7-10 and ground floor retail.   Each loft has granite countertops, high-end steel appliances, modern energy-efficient lighting fixtures, video intercoms to announce guests and utilities included (except electric), cable and internet.   There is 16-hour concierge service, 24 hours a day security, and 1 free parking space per unit.

1217 Delaware by Glendale Communities is elegant high-rise living in a most-coveted location.  Right between W. Ferry and Lafayette, amongst the Delaware mansions, nearby Elmwood Village, and a very walkable streetscape, each of these apartments includes a cantilevered balcony to enjoy the tree-lined sites of Buffalo’s millionaire’s row.  First impression for you and your visitors is a stunningly appointed lobby.  Each apartment has full-sized appliances, water, heat, and garbage included in rentAvailable off street parking and a keyless security entry system and intercom system provide the maximum safety for residents and their vehicles while enjoying everything the City of Buffalo has to offer.  

Tour participants will self-guide their route with a free map they can pick up starting June 12th at about 80 downtown locations, all Tour stops, Allentown Trading Company, Downtown Trading Company, many downtown restaurants and hotels and at coffee shops.  The map can also be found online for downloading, printing, and bringing to the Tour at www.BuffaloLivingTour.NET.

All upscale residences are participating per an “open house” basis for the day. 

For those who prefer hopping a ride to each stop, three full size trolleys, hosted by will go to all eight locations from 10:00am – 5:00pm and terminate at the special happy hour at the HH Richardson complex. 

Buffalo LIVING Tour

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Starting at 10am

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