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Arts & Crafts/Craftsman Style in Buffalo, NY

See Brief History of the Arts and Crafts (Craftsman) Movement

Exterior feature:

Interior features:

See also:

Prairie VS. Arts & Crafts

Bungalows VS. Arts & Crafts


Excepts from
Hearth of the Matter: A Look at the Wide Array of Arts & Crafts-Era Fireplaces
By Jane Powell
Pub. in Old-House Journal, Feb-March 2012

In Arts & Crafts homes, the fireplace took on almost religious significance, and even bungalows in warm climates were built with one.

Almost always a feature of the living room, fireplaces also were found in dining rooms, bedrooms, dens, and basements. Frequently the fireplace was surrounded by built-on benches or settles to form an inglenook, which often had a lowered ceiling that provided a feeling of coziness and set it off from rest of the room. With or without an inglenook, the fireplace usually was surrounded by some sort if built-ins - often glass-door bookcases with high windows above, but a drop-front desk on one side was fairly common as well.

Chimneys were of masonry construction (brick, stone, concrete block), but the fireplace itself could be faced with a wide array of materials, including brick, stone, ceramic tile, cast stone, concrete, stucco, metal or plaster - anything that wouldn't burn. Brick was much favored, especially clinker bricks, those had become vitrified and misshapen  by sitting too close to the fire in the brick kiln. Before the bungalow era, clinker bricks were thrown away, making them cheap or even free, which no doubt made the eyes of many a speculative bungalow builder light up. Because clinkers were organic and interesting to look at, the movement embraced them, and soon they became trendy.

Cast stone, a molded product made from concrete and fine aggregates, often was used in place of actual stone. It could resemble whatever sort of stone was required, although sandstone and limestone were the most prevalent.

Ceramic tile was also much in favor as a fireplace facing, from plain  6" x 6" field tiles to decorative art tiles from now-famous Arts & Crafts potteries like Grueby, Rockwood, and Batchelder. Many fireplaces combined decorative accent tiles and field tiles, with accents set into the corners, or down the sides.  Landscape tiles were especially favored, with accents of medieval castles, Spanish missions, and English villages.

Many fireplaces were available in kit form.


Examples of Arts & Crafts/Craftsman buildings in Buffalo:

Webster House

Automobile Club of Buffalo   CLARENCE

Engine #15 Fire Station

Engine 36 Firehouse

Rohlfs House

Sinclair House

Tanner House


Statler (William & Essie) House

Turk House

Holmes  House

Craftsman/Dutch Colonial Revival Style of Architecture in Buffalo

Hubbard and Wright Prototypes Combined in the East Aurora Village Shopping Center

Esenwein & Johnson-designed Interior

Photo - 310 Depew Ave.

Photo - 94 Jewett Ave.

Photo - Parkside Lodge - Example #1

Photo - Parkside Lodge - Example #2

Photo - l40 Maple Ave., Hamburg

Photo - Clark Street, Hamburg

Photo - 1362 Amherst St.

Photo - 54 Agassiz Circle

STAINED GLASS: John LaFarge

STAINED GLASS: Unitarian Universalist Church, Buffalo

STAINED GLASS:  Esenwein & Johnson-designed Interior



Examples of Arts & Crafts buildings outside of Buffalo:

Principal text source: "A Field Guide to American Houses," by Virginia & Lee McAlester. New York: Knopf, 2000
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