Benson House
547 Franklin Street
, Buffalo, NY

Painting by Carl F. Zoschke
17 1/2" X 12 1/2"

Text below illustration


c. 1870


Original owner: Benson

In 1924, the owner was either Joseph Bradney (1844-1924) or, more probably, his son Joseph John Bradney, a Buffalo architect.

The father, Jospeh Bradney, was born in 1844 in England. In the US, he made his living as a chainmaker and later as a confectionery store owner. He was married to Mary Ann Hudson (1842-1916). They had three children:

  • Mary (1875-1882)
  • Emma Charlotte (1872-1918; m. 1896)
  • Joseph John

Joseph Bradney died on June 30, 1924 and was buried from the Franklin Street home.

The building was used for apartments for many years.


Hip-roof  Italianate with Gothic Revival wing and square cupola

Architectural Features

Belvedere and main eaves have dentils and scroll brackets.

Semi-elliptical arched entrance has wood-paneled double doors with single lights and a leaded-glass fanlight-shaped transom.

There is plain wood frieze.

The stucco finish is scored to give the impression of ashlar blocks.

The front porch on the wing has fluted posts, a pendant design in the balustrade and a stick design at the porch base.

A one-story rear addition made.

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