McKinney House - Table of Contents

Library and Dining Room - Thomas J. McKinney House
35 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo, NY

Text below reprinted with permission.
Classic Buffalo: A Heritage of Distinguished Architecture
by Richard O. Reisem

Additional excerpts:
Excerpts - Classic Buffalo: A Heritage of Distinguished Architecture

Library

The McKinney library is finished in clear , quarter-sawn English oak. Books are hidden behind elaborately carved bookcase doors with leaded glass depicting the Canterbury Tales. It was reported that Thomas McKinney went to Brentano's Bookstore in New York City and ordered an appropriate library for a gentleman of means, which Brentano's, with their experience and impeccable taste, willingly supplied.

Dining room

American walnut was used in the dining room, which has doors carved with heavy garlands of fruit.


Library


Note stained glass windows in bookcase doors at far right. The windows, designed by Nicola D'Ascenzo, depict scenes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.


There is a bookcase at the other end of the room that includes three addtional Canterbury Tales scenes.

Bookcase: Quarter-sawn English oak    .....  Lion head  applied  on top of egg-and-dart and dentil molding  .....  Ionic  pilasters  .....  Turned  split spindles





Note tracery
















Dining room, looking into entry hall





American walnut was used in the dining room, which has doors hand carved with heavy garlands of fruit.



Top: Leaf-and-dart   molding  .....  Rope molding  .....  Carved animals  .....  Beads





Special thanks to owners Clement Arrison for his cooperation and Karen Arrison for her patience and assistance in 2009

Photos taken on April 30, 2009 by Chuck LaChiusa
Photos 2009 Clement and Karen Arrison
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