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Perfect in Parkside, But Needs Some Love

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It turns out that this house has quite a prominent architectural pedigree.  It was designed by well-known early 20th century architect George Maher.  Contrary to the realtor’s information the house was built for Edward and Mary Kendrick in 1898, not 1920.  Maher worked along with Frank Lloyd Wright in Joseph Silsbee’s Chicago office.  Silsbee started his practice in Syracuse, later moving to Buffalo along with another prominent architect named James Marling. He then moved on to Chicago.

Historians credit Silsbee with substantial influence on Wright’s career.  Silsbee and Marling have several houses still standing in Buffalo and all four of these talented architects have houses within a just a few blocks of one another in Parkside.

The Maher house at 260 Crescent is similar to others he designed.  The house also bears a strong resemblance to a set of early houses Wright designed, on the side, while working for Louis Sullivan.  Soon after finding out about these side projects Sullivan showed Wright the door.  When you visit the Martin House, take a stroll around the neighborhood.  Take note of the kind of architecture Wright was reacting against, but also take note of the early influences that formed his career.  This house is truly one of the most important works of architecture in the city.

Maher designed Gilman House, Chicago (demolished) from Wikipedia 


F L Wright designed Walter H Gale House, from Wikipedia

This beauty at 260 Crescent is one of the most distinctive Victorians in the city’s Parkside neighborhood. Its impressive glassy tower, paired with a low broad front porch and bold detailing, place this shingle style house in the upper echelon of Buffalo’s architectural gems.  The interior is a bit unusual, however.  Substantial modifications, dubious decorating choices, and an unusual (and spacious) addition at the back means this house will need to find a new owner with the imagination and means to bring it to its full potential.  Even so, at just under $300K, this house is a bargain. With a giant secluded backyard, a location in the heart of Parkside, and great architectural bones it has everything desirable about living in the city.

Here is the pitch:

MUST SEE!!! Classically beautiful & SPACIOUS, traditional Parkside Victorian w/ open floor plan, attractive front porch & a deep, private yard. Gracious foyer w/ staircase opens to massive rooms, accented by period moldings, natural woodwork, beamed ceilings & hardwood floors throughout. Enjoy the fireplace in the window-clad master bedroom & the considerable great room w/ bar is ideal for entertaining. Property is currently tenant occupied, needs cosmetic rehab & has fantastic potential resale value. Generous finished attic, substantial backyard & 3 car attached garage is perfect for enjoying Buffalo summers. Younger mechanics inclu. HWTs 2017, electric 2014, high-eff furnace 2010. Just steps from downtown Buffalo, the Buffalo Zoo & Delaware Park w/ LOW TAXES & close to ALL conveniences!

The listing says the house was built in 1910.  It was last sold in 2006 for $134K. Taxes are about $4,000.  It has four bedrooms, two full bath and one 1/2 bath in a 3,284 sf package.









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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