Hewlitt House / Inn Buffalo - Table of Contents

Front Hall
Herbert H. Hewitt House - Inn Buffalo/Off Elmwood B&B
  619 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Inn Buffalo/Off Elmwood - Official Website



Vestibule mosaic floor detail features hexagonal and rectangular tesserae.

"Upon entering a typical Eclectic Manse, a visitor encountered a a front hall, usually six to eight feet wide and twelve to twenty feet long, or considerably longer if it ran the length of the house. Its decor indicated the character of both the dwelling and its inhabitants. Decorating books recommended bright colors, a dado and a rail, and hand stenciling or wallpaper.  Most front halls before 1900 included a staircase to the second story." - Thomas J. Schlereth,  Victorian American: Transformations in Everyday Life 1876-1915
2015 Photos

Stained Glass Windows



In the front hall, facing the street




In the vestibule, looking into the front hall



Carved acanthus leaves flank the top of the stained glass window



Opalescent stained glass




Hand painted, then refired, medallion




Hand painted, then refired, medallion: Poseidon/Neptune(?)




Hand painted, then refired, medallionGrotesque  ... Note equine imagery: bridle and bit ... One of Hewitt's horses won the Kentucky Derby.






Front hall




Mantelpiece  ...  Three details below:




Mantelpiece detail #1:  Oak ... Top: Leaf-and-dart ... Acanthus leaves



  
Mantelpiece detail #2:   Acanthus leaf moldings ... Two corbels




Mantelpiece detail #3:   Marble head and  jamb





One of nine identical pneumatic  heat control thermostats in the house manufactured by Johnson Services, Milwaukee, WI, patented 1894





Oak paneling ... Electrical outlet, located a few inches above the floor




Electrical outlet, located a few inches above the floor, closed




Electrical outlet, located a few inches above the floor, open


See also: Front hall staircase


Special thanks to owners Ellen and Joseph Lettieri for their cooperation and assistance in 2015.
Photos and their arrangement 2015 Chuck LaChiusa
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