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Buffalo Seminary Katherine V. Lipke/Elissa K. Lipke House
16 Soldiers Place, Buffalo NY


Ca. 1896




Colonial Revival

Buffalo Seminary Boarding Program

Since 2009 SEM has had a boarding program.

From 8 girls in a house on Bidwell Parkway west of Elmwood it has grown to 50 beds in four historic homes adjacent to the school.

The 5th house SEM owns was named in June 2016 for our now retired head of school Jody Douglas; a new assistant head of school and her young family now live in it.

On Soldier's Circle we have Jody Douglass House (#26), Niscah House (#30) and Lipke House (#16); on Potomac Ave. we have Oishei House (#678) and Wendt   House (#682). All have been named through either generous donations of families or foundations.

An urban boarding school is fairly unique in the US. All all-girls, nonsectarian, non-uniform school is also fairly unique. We are the only all-girls boarding school in Western NY. The next closest is Emma Willard in Troy, NY. (It's not in an urban setting as ours is.) We are among the oldest girls' schools in all of New York State and older than all the girls schools in NYC.
- Buffalo Seminary Director of Communications Erin Kelly in 2017

2017 Photos

Side gable roof   ...   Colonial Revival style   ...   Majority 12/1 double hung sash wood windows   ...   Four pedimented dormers

Colonial Revival style dormersDentil molding and pebble dash inside tympanums with paneled pilasters   ...   Cornice supported by modillions  and dentil molding below

Left: 12/12 lights   ...   Right: casement window (not original)

Dentil molding and pebble dash in tympanum   ...   Modillions

Flemish bond brick pattern   ...   Lintel: keystone in the middle of a flat arch/jack arch

Offset entry with leaded side lights under partial width flat roof portico with Ionic column supports on solid shingle balustrade

Ionic column capital and upper shaft   ...   White balls are decorative lights

Flemish bond brick pattern   ...   Leaded glass side light panel

Special thanks to Buffalo Seminary Director of Communications Erin Kelly for her assistance in 2017.
Photos and their arrangement 2017 Chuck LaChiusa
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