Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Architecturally Beautiful Homes in Buffalo, New York | HUNT Real Estate ERA

Buffalo, New York is known for many things: the food (chicken wings), the sports (Go Bills!), and let’s not forget, it is known as the city of good neighbors! One of the most understated things Buffalo has to offer is architecturally beautiful homes throughout the city.

Buffalo has unique historic districts tucked away within pockets of old neighborhoods established early in the century . If you can explore this city, you would be surprised at the sophisticated, beautiful homes all around the area.

In the 1800's and early 1900's, Buffalo experienced a period of flourishing architecture credited to the talents of many famous designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and H.H. Richardson. These and other well-known architects were responsible for developing some of the most exclusive homes and downtown office buildings.

Thanks to famous designer Frederick Law Olmstead, Buffalo has an impressive parks system as well as the amazing grounds of the hospital complex "Richardsonian Romanesque."  Olmstead is considered the originator of landscape architecture, and his work includes the famous Central Park in NYC as well as the oldest state park in America, the Niagara Reservation, located in Niagara Falls, NY.

Frank Lloyd Wright brought a unique approach to his designs, which include his prairie style of low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, a central chimney and open floor plan. Wright was also known for his organic architecture, which relied on natural resources and a Japanese influence.

Many of Wright's designs can be toured in the city:

Darwin-Martin house (1904) located on Jewett Parkway

George F. Barton house (1903) on Sutton Avenue

William R. Heath house (1905) on Soldiers Place

Some other major architectural styles found in and around the city include:

Federal Style (1790-1830). This style can be seen in the home built for Charles Brown Sears, Esq., which is located on Barker Street. This style boasts large, open spaced rooms with high windows and ceilings.

Italianate (1850-1885). The Charles W. Miller house located on Summer Street is a perfect model for this style due to the tall narrow windows, low-pitched roofs with overhanging eaves and beautiful architectural glass incorporated into various rooms.

Georgian Revival (1900-1940). The John Durrant Larkin Jr. house is located on Lincoln Parkway and is a beautifully restored Georgian revival style home. This style commonly featured paneled front doors, decorative moldings and windows in horizontal and vertical symmetrical rows. The Georgian revival style however, did not have large porches like the colonial revival style.

Driving around the city through various neighborhoods, you’ll notice a distinct turn of the century style. For architecture lovers, Buffalo is a great place to explore and stumble across some amazing, historic homes.


Peter F. Hunt