John W. Cowper House - Table of Contents

John W. Cowper House
126 Oakland Place, Buffalo, New York

Hudson & Hudson, architects
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Architects: Hudson & Hudson


Jacobean Revival

Architect's drawing: front/east facade

Front entrance



Variegated Briar Hill sandstone facing



Note the relatively smooth concrete plaster exterior.

Front/east windows

Slate roof

Gutter ornamentation

Variegated Briar Hill sandstone quoins



Ornamental variegated Briar Hill sandstone facing over poured concrete foundation




Rear/east views

Rear/east views

Rear/east views

Rear/east views

Rear/east side of house

Rear/east side of house

Rear/east side of house: curved false parapet.

Onondaga limestone wishing well

Wrought iron detail of Onondaga limestone wishing well in back yard

See also photos of the interior


Garage slate roof.




Hudson & Hudson
34 Dun Building, Buffalo (listed on architect's plans) and New York City (plans mailed from New York City )


Jacobean Revival / Tudor Revival

Exterior Building materials

" The enclosing walls above grade to be of wall bearing hollow tile... No metal wall tiles allowed."

The tiles are covered with "cement plaster" (not stucco)

"... finials, gateways, chimneys, brackets, copings, steps, panels, door and window caps, jambs, etc., belt courses, sill course, cornices, flag stone, chimney caps, etc. All of the above cut stone, including flagging, to be variegated Briar Hill Sandstone."


Original owner: John Cowper, Esq. of the John Cowper Construction Co., the largest Buffalo construction company for many years.

While Cowper was building his house at this address, he was also constructing City Hall.

Subsequent owners: The house was purchased by John and Sandra Schultz in 1968 from Mrs. Cowper's estate.


  • Oak paneling above fireplace from the Monmouth house in Great Britain. (Cowper worked in England in from 1901-09)
  • Commercial construction style reinforced concrete structure (wood used only in part of the roof)
  • Off-site construction of windows
  • Cement plaster exterior
  • Variegated Briar Hill Sandstone trim on exterior

Special thanks to Sandra Schultz and her son, John, for their cooperation and patience in 2002.

Photos and their arrangement © 2007 Chuck LaChiusa
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