1898 – Buffalo, NY – $1,590,000

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Added to OHD on 7/28/20   -   Last OHD Update: 10/20/20   -   11 Comments
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619 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222

  • $1,590,000
  • 10 Bed
  • 11.5 Bath
  • 10791 Sq Ft
  • 0.31 Ac.
Welcome! That's how you'll feel ascending the steps of this beautiful Buffalo mansion that has been entertaining guests since its inception in 1898. Through massive double doors you will find yourself in the 30' reception hall w/ original carved- walls, frplc, & 3 story staircase. Public spaces surrounding the hall are exceptional- library, sitting, dining, & music rms are all spacious & intimate. The rear of the 1st flr- commissary leading to main kitchen, lg walk-in pantry, 1/2 & full bth, bright office/sun-rm. 2nd & 3rd flrs are completely restored & refinished- His & Her Master suites w/ original tiled bths- fully restored needle-head shower, mantle wall & built-in desk. 3 more bdrm suites, bed/sitting rm w/ lg porch, 2 walk-in hall closets, 5th bdrm & original bth. Third flr: 5 bdrms w/ on-suite bths, 2 w/ built-in cedar closets. The basement will continue to wow- passing the last stained-glass window leading out to porte-cochere, enter the billiards room w/ working original gas frplc, & flr to ceiling hand painted tile. Outside- lush landscaping surrounds the home, massive covered porch, & line the original brick privacy wall w/ plenty of space to park, stroll & entertain.
Contact Information
Charles "Bo" Gurney, Gurney Becker and Bourne
(716) 849-1234
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11 Comments on 1898 – Buffalo, NY – $1,590,000

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  1. RossRoss says: 2458 comments
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    1894 QueenAnneFreeClassic
    Emporia, KS

    Golly.

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    • SharonSharon says: 313 comments
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      2001 Contemporary
      Sedalia, MO

      Adding a “Gee” to your “Golly.” Where does one even begin raving?! Guess I’ll start with the beamed basement’s tiled billiard room with tiled mural over fireplace and work my way up from there.

      (Is that the basement? Hmm.)

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  2. JimHJimH says: 5149 comments
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    Born in Detroit, Herbert Hills Hewitt (1855-1922) was general manager of the Pullman Company in Chicago before moving to Buffalo in the mid-1890’s. He was involved in a few industrial enterprises, and founded the Hewitt Rubber Co. in 1907. The house was designed by the local firm of Lansing & Beierl.

    https://buffaloah.com/a/lafay/619/tc.html

    http://preservationstudios.com/portfolio/innbuffalo-the-hewitt-house/

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  3. TGrantTGrant says: 874 comments
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    New Orleans, LA

    Pictire 9 looks like they’ve begun uncovering a painted ceiling in the dining room. And that marvelous kitchen and butlery! Those his and her tiled bathrooms!

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  4. EricHtownEricHtown says: 397 comments

    The tile work in the bathrooms is outstanding. Who doesn’t love tiled bathroom ceilings! I’d go with a more appropriate paint scheme for the exterior but wouldn’t change anything inside.

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  5. wcwestphalwcwestphal says: 4 comments
    1890 Folk Victorian
    Buffalo, NY

    I used to live one street over from this place, and for the longest time it was a derelict rooming house. The owners have done an amazing job renovating this mansion. You couldn’t ask for a better location in Buffalo to have a B&B (if you can afford the asking price). There’s a bit more information about the renovation here: https://www.buffalorising.com/2015/02/tour-inside-the-spectacular-inn-buffalo/

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  6. CarebearCarebear says: 1149 comments
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    Your 2nd link….the exterior of Parkside Candy was used in the movie, The Natural, the baseball movie Robert Redford made some years back. Also in the movie, was the old baseball park, The Rockpile (can’t remember the real name of it, thats what everyone called it), A lot of downtown buildings that were built in the Art Deco era, and I think, Central Terminal, which I wish had been listed here. For years, this grand old train station has not seen any trains, as Buffalo and Niagara Falls now have modern, soulless train stations. People have tried to get it torn down, and people have saved it. Right now, it is slowly being renovated, and is in such a shape, that parts of the movie, Thurgood, were filmed here. Thurgood, which of course was about Judge Thurgood Marshall, was filmed in large part in Buffalo, which has seen a lot of film work over the past few decades. Plans were just announced, for a very large film studio to be built in Buffalo.

    Your first link. I recognize many of Mr Hewitt’s pallbearers as leaders of Buffalo industry and society. Being a blue collar town, industry and society life are often intertwined-there’s not much of the idle rich in Buffalo these days, in fact I doubt there’s any.
    John Larkin had a large factory in Buffalo, and became famous for making soap, and furniture. The Larkin desk was his design, stolen by many furniture makers. I have a beautiful one, that I got for a song from someone who really needed to get rid of it. She’d probably have listed it for what it is worth, otherwise. The location of Larkin’s factory, is now known as Larkinville, and is a very popular part of Buffalo to live in. I don’t believe any of the factory still stands.
    Jacob Schoelkopf and Mr Huntley…I know the Schoelkopf’s were very into electric energy, in Niagara Falls. There was an electrical plant, literally built into the side of the Niagara Gorge, so it could have turbines turned by the water power of the Niagara River, to create electricity. One day, the entire plant just fell into the river, as the sides of the gorge collapsed behind it. Needless to say, people were killed. The plant was never rebuilt.
    Down the road from where I work, on River Rd in Buffalo, right on the Niagara River, there was the Huntley Power Plant. It has closed down, just during the past few years. I’m going to take a flyer, and say this guy was connected to that. Mr Albright, I can’t remember what his business was, but we now have the Albright Knox Art Museum in Buffalo (the Knox’s being another wealthy family in Buffalo. Seymour Knox was one of the first owners of the Sabres, and I think he got Buffalo our pro hockey franchise. All hail Seymour Knox!!!). I used to love going here, until they hid all the Old Masters away in closets, and brought out Pollocks and Miros and the damn Warhols. I really hate modern art! Right now, IMO, they are ruining this wonderful old museum, which is designed to look like a Grecian temple. A new annex is being built, to connect to the main museum, that is, well, modern. And glass. Its horrible looking in drawings. I guess the museum board figured, if The Louvre can do it, so can we. omg. Ugh. Yuck! Rand, Cooke, and Kennefick, I don’t know who they were, in relation to Buffalo. Mr Letchworth, was probably the son of the Letchworth who bought up thousands of acres east of Buffalo, along the Genesee River, south of Rochester. Now, it is a beautiful state park-if you’re ever in the area, please visit it! The falls on the river are fantastic!
    Forest Lawn Cemetery-just google it, and visit the website. And, again, if you’re in Buffalo, either take the guided tour, on a tram, or do the self guided tour. Its beautiful-and how often, do you see deer, swans, geese, ducks, even the odd coyote, in the middle of a major city? Lots of famous people buried here, from Red Jacket to Rick James, tons of beautiful memorials, and lovely landscaping. A must see!
    wcwestphal can probably tell you more about all this, as I live in Lockport, and s/he lives in Buffalo. But, if you get the chance, get to Buffalo! It is truly one of the more beautiful cities I’ve been in, as far as architecture goes. There’s always so much to do, something for everyone. Plus, its also one of the friendliest cities.

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  7. CarebearCarebear says: 1149 comments
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    I absolutely love going to Buffalo just to drive around, until I find a neighborhood to walk around. This house is so lucky to have been saved! And what they’ve done with it! Whether I was going to keep it a bed and breakfast, or return it to a single residence, I’d not change a thing. Well…maybe an in ground pool, considering the summer we are having here!

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  8. MichaelMichael says: 2646 comments
    1979 That 70's show
    Otis Orchards, WA

    Kudos to the owners for the great work they have done on this marvelous house. The ceilings in the main public spaces must have been spectacular in their day!

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