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A Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde House @ 68 Penhurst Park

This house at 68 Penhurst Park has undergone quite an impressive transformation. Work started last year with the removal of the roof and a gut rehab of the interior. This year has brought a new roof, new windows, an addition, and a startling new rear makeover of the house. I was literally wowed when I first saw the back side (lead image).

There is an interesting story to go along with this house. A family from the suburbs bought the property. They are responsible for all the changes, and a number of the enhancements will accommodate what I’ve been told is an extensive and outstanding art collection.

Some people asked if this was philanthropist Jeffrey Gundlach’s house when I posted about it on the Facebook page Buffalo Rehab and Reuse. The answer is “no” – his house is nearby on one of the Olmsted Parkways.

What is so unusual about this house is that it is like Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde in the way that it has two completely different appearances. One would never suspect that the rear of the house is a modern gallery-esque facade, because the front of the house stays true to the architectural legacy of the home and the neeighborhood.

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Dr. Rehab

John Straubinger has been an occasional Buffalo Rising contributor since 2007. Born and raised in the city, John lived and worked in Boston, MA in the Research field for over 47 years. Since the early 1990's, he started following what was happening in his home town with a developing interest. Liking more and more of what he was seeing in Buffalo for the last ten years, John decided to return to Buffalo permanently in the fall of 2014. John has an interesting facebook page called Buffalo rehab and Reuse, https://www.facebook.com/groups/929189663802358/. He occasionally contributes articles to BRO as Dr. Rehab.

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