Colonial Circle - Table of Contents

 William McGlashen House
48 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, New York

Architect: McCreary, Wood & Bradney
Colonial Revival
Street history:
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
48 Colonial Circle
Built for William McGlashen
Architect: McCreary, Wood & Bradney
2 1/2 story side gable frame building in Colonial Revival styling; stone foundation, vinyl siding, asphalt shingle roof.
Front entry door flanked by multi-lite sidelights.
4/4 and 8/8 double hung wood frame windows throughout, large paired 6/4 window at 2nd story above entry door.
Side gable angled to irregular shape of parcel; features stacked stone chimney, closed gable with half-fan lights.  Front gable dormers.

- Section 7, Page 116 - Elmwood West Historic District Nomination
48 Colonial Circle
Owners: Peter and Jody Biehl
By Judy Tucker

McCreary, Wood & Bradney, architect of several Larkin houses on Lincoln and Windsor, designed this house for William F. Ma3 Colonial Circle 090319.pdfcGlashan in 1909. MacGlashan had recently rocked the local and international builder’s community by inventing a fiber wall board, which he called beaver board - presumably named after Beaver Road in Town of Tonawanda, where the initial manufacturing plant was located. This wall board was an easy alternative to lathe and plaster wall material. Within a decade, MacGlashan had grown Beaver Board Companies into a manufacturing conglomerate and was supplying beaver board and other wall board products out of manufacturing plants located throughout the world.

Highly respected in the business community, in 1916 he was among the 19 men listed who, by an act of Congress, were granted permission to “construct a bridge across the Niagara River within or near city limits of Buffalo.” We now know this bridge as the eventual Peace Bridge. By 1918 MacGlashan was President of the Black Rock Manufacturing Association and acting President of the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce. MacGlashan retired to California and died in 1946.

Previous owners of this home added a sunroom which extends the length of the house and overlooks the back yard. The current owners appreciate living in a city like Buffalo, with homes with history like this, and they love the open, adventurous layout of their floor plan. This house is unique with its asymmetrical layout and its many French doors and original windows. The kitchen, meant for the house’s original servant staff, remains largely original.
August 2019 photos

2 1/2 story side gable frame building in Colonial Revival style   ...   Details below, from top to bottom:

Gable dormer with vinyl siding   ...   Asphalt shingle roof   ...   Onondaga limestone rubble chimney

Onondaga limestone    rubble chimney  (detail below:) ...    Flanking leaded  spiderweb muntin  half-fan lights

Onondaga limestone   rubble chimney

 One of two  spiderweb muntin  half-fan lights

Front entry classic six-panel door flanked by unusual multi-lite sidelights

Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa.
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