Colonial Circle - Table of Contents

Henry J. Brock House
3 Colonial Circle at Richmond Avenue
Buffalo, New York

Architect: Green & Wicks
Colonial Revival
After petitions by home owners, Bidwell Place was renamed Colonial Circle in 1909 by the Parks Commission. (Research by Central Library staff)

James Napora, History of Richmond/Elmwood Area

Elmwood West Historic District Nomination

Grant-Ferry-Forest Survey
3 Colonial Circle
Built for Henry J. Brock
Architect: Green & Wicks
2 1/2 story hipped roof frame high Colonial Revival house; stone foundation, wood clapboard, stucco.
Partial width flat roof open front porch above entrance bay with Ionic columns and engaged pilasters; hipped roof dormers with 6/6 wood double hung windows; 8/8
wood double hung windows.
- Section 7, Page 114 - Elmwood West Historic District Nomination

3 Colonial Circle

Owners: Craig and Kristen Fischer
September 3, 2019
By Judy Tucker

This classic Colonial was built circa 1907 by E.B. Green, one of Buffalo’s most prolific architects.

Green built the house for Henry J. Brock, the only son of Louis M. Brock. In September 1863, Louis M. Brock, a prominent Buffalo philanthropist, acted as recording secretary of the first meeting called to form Temple Beth Zion, now the largest Jewish congregation in WNY. Henry J. Brock lived here until Riley E. Pratt purchased the home in 1913. Pratt was a grain broker and the owner of the Superior (Grain) Elevator Company. Dr. Thomas G. Allen purchased the house in 1930 and raised his children here, one of whom became a skilled sailor and was a Lightning Class alternate sailing athlete in the 1968 U.S. Olympics. He later went on to build boats and founded Allen Boat Co., still locally operated by the Allen family.

The current owners bought the house 5 years ago and are delighted with how well maintained the house has been. The entrance is paneled in dark wood with an ornate light sconce. The house’s original servant call button system is still in place and the bell box is in the kitchen. The butler pantry contains its original copper sink. The living room has large windows on three sides making the room bright and airy. The current owners added new wallpaper in the reception room similar in style to that of William Morris, a genius English interior designer during the second half of the 19th century. In the center is an attractive dry fountain.

August 2019 photos

Colonial Revival   ...   Hipped roof    ...   Details below, from top to bottom:

Typical Colonial Revival  dormers

Portico   ...   Roman Ionic columns and pilasters   ...   Note conductor heads, one of which is detailed below:

Top: Egg-and-dart   ...   Bottom: Reeding

Portico   ...   Four details below:

Portico detail #1 - Modillions under eaves   ...   Rosettes in frieze   ...   Ionic baluster capitals   ...   Smooth Roman column shafts

Portico detail #2 - Modillions

Portico detail #3 -  Side lights

Portico detail #4 -  Dentil molding   ...House number 3 on frieze

8/8 lights

Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa.
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