800 West Ferry St - Table of Contents

800 West Ferry St., Buffalo, NY




Bley & Lyman

Original owner:

Darwin R. Martin
Art Deco, but with Venetian Gothic Revival entrance

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High rise  Art Deco  apartment house with Gothic Revival ornamentation

Venetian Gothic Revival ornamentation around main entrance

Lattice transom and side lights

Ogee arch

Multifoil tracery in ogee arches

Finials ..... Balusters in the form of columns

Finials ..... Balusters in the form of columns

Crockets on ogee arches ..... Spandrel panels below windows

The face on the gargoyles is that of Darwin R.

Spandrel panels between leaded glass windows

Detail from previous photo - decorated stone spandrel

Decorated stone spandrel

West Ferry Street wall

Wrought iron detail from previous photo




1217 Delaware and the George F. Rand House

Building demolished for 800 West Ferry.
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Original owner Darwin R(eidpath) Martin was the son of Darwin D. Martin of Larkin Company fame. This apartment house served as an investment -- and as 2-floor penthouse living quarters for Martin and his second wife, Laura Brasnell. As an investment, it was unsuccessful because of the Depression.

The first apartment house that Darwin R. built and managed was the Stuyvesant on Elmwood Avenue, so named because his mother's family, the Reidpaths, traced their roots back to Margaret Stuyvesant, Peter Stuyvesant's sister . Darwin R. lived in the top floor of the Stuyvesant with first wife, Margaret Wende (married 1926).

When 125 Jewett, was sold after his father's death, Darwin R. kept some of the house remains, but also sold windows, furniture, etc. It is somewhat ironic that the house is now a museum, but one of the windows from the house can be found at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery -- a window donated to the Gallery by Darwin R.

800 West Ferry became something of a family affair. Darwin R's older sister Dorothy and her husband, James Forsythe Foster, Jr. lived here (2D) 1933-1937. Darwin R's mother, Isabelle, lived here (1C) 1938-1939

800 West Ferry

800 West Ferry was built as 21 duplex rental units except for the four first floor "simplex" units. The duplexes included [on 2 Floors] 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, Living Room, Dining Room, Library, Large Kitchen, Separate Pantry, 2 Dressing Rooms, Lavatory. As the depression wore on, it became necessary to divide up the large duplex apartments; in 1940, the building was emptied and these apartments were each subdivided into two or four units. The first floor remains unchanged as they were built as one floor units.

The entire building was emptied to be turned into apartments in 1940.

The building was converted to a condominium association in 1980.

Other luxury apartment houses, like the Campanile and the Park Lane, were also being built in 1929.

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Photos and their arrangement 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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