470 Linwood Avenue
Buffalo, New York

Linwood Avenue - Table of Contents
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Located on the southwest corner of Linwood Avenue and West Ferry Street.

Note arcaded corbel table between the second floor windows

Dormer: Swan's neck pediment (missing finial on top) above Palladian window

Webbed oval window with wood surround

Broken-apex pedimentover front entrance

Side (W. Ferry) entrance. Note cornice, Side lights, leaded glass.

Side (W. Ferry).
Broken-bed pediment
with Palladian window

Dormer with pedimented gable

The improvement of Linwood Avenue took place in the 1880s, largely through the initiative of Edward B. Smith. Smith was a speculative builder who often commissioned architects, such as Silsbee and Marling and F. W. Caulkins, to design dwellings here. At the juncture of Franklin and Linwood he planned a park joining the two streets into a continuous thoroughfare. This wide, tree-shaded boulevard became a street of substantial middle-class homes, and in 1886 the "Real Estate and Builders' Monthly" remarked that "beautiful Linwood Avenue bids fair to rank with Delaware as a residence street in this municipality."

Primary source of information: 1999 Preservation Coalition of Erie County tour. Tim Tielman, tour guide

Other source: "Buffalo Architecture: A Guide." Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981

Photos and their arrangement 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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