Annie Lang Miller House
175 Nottingham Terrace, Buffalo, NY


2003 Decorators' Show House
Sponsored by Junior League of Buffalo / The Buffalo News

Photographs were taken on January 21, 2003 -- while basic interior renovation was still taking place -- and before 50 decorators applied their art to transform the building into a show house.

Special thanks to owners Gerald and Natalie Schaffer, Intern Architect Thomas P. Breen, and Show Chairwoman Patty O'Brien for their cooperation and assistance.


The house is the largest mansion to be built on the former grounds of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition which were leased from Bronson Rumsey. This was the site of the Honduras pavilion.


Edwin Miller
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This imposing 12,000-square-foot Onondaga limestone mansion with Tudor Revival details, was erected 1929-1933, for Annie Lang Miller. She was the daughter of brewer Gerhard Lang. Her husband, Edwin George Simon Miller, who had been president of the Lang Brewery and the German-American Bank, had died in 1915.

The principal architect was Duane Lyman, of Bley (pron. "bleye") & Lyman, who also designed 800 West Ferry, the Saturn Club, the Buffalo Club, and Federal Courthouse at Niagara Square.

Mrs. Miller was an amateur painter, so the original plan included a studio with windows facing north and east. The Millers were devout Catholics, so the house also had an oratorio, and their religion may account for the prevalence of the grape motif which is an important symbol in Catholicism.

Unfortunately, Mrs. Miller died before the house was completed. Her son, Edwin Lang Miller, inherited the house.

In 1960, Edwin Lang Miller donated the property to nuns who converted the house into the Nottingham Academy of the Sacred heart with a cloistered residence on the third floor.

In 1973, the mansion became Nichols Middle School. In 2001, Nichols sold the property to Bradley Randaccio, a Buffalo attorney and developer, who divided the land into five building lots, razing a gymnasium in the process.

In 2002, Randaccio sold the Miller mansion to Gerald W. Schaffer, Jr., an attorney, and his wife, Natalie who plan to return the building to a family residence.

See also: Highlights of Buffalo's History, 1933



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