Colonial Circle - Table of Contents

 Ray Davis House
68 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, New York

First owner:
Ray Davis was married to J. L. Davis. The house deeded to Mrs. Davis.  We do not know whether this house/parcel was part of the dowry, or whether her husband put this house in his wife’s name to shelter the house from creditors.
Architect: McCreary, Wood & Bradney
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
68 Colonial Circle
Built for Ray Davis
Architect: McCreary, Wood & Bradney
2 1/2 story side gable brick building in Colonial Revival house; poured foundation, brick walls.
Centered front gable open front porch with
front gable dormers.
6/1 double hung wood windows. Contains contributing flat roof secondary building (garage) access from Ardmore Avenuje
- Section 7, Page 117 - Elmwood West Historic District Nomination
68 Colonial Circle
Owners: Nicholas and Bernadette Sam
By Judy Tucker

This quaint Colonial Revival was built in 1909 for J.L. Davis and his wife Ray.

Beginning in the 1890’s, J.L. Davis was the proprietor of a successful dry goods, clothing and furnishings store located at 1888 Niagara Street (building is extant). Research shows that the Davis’ lived on Niagara Street prior to building this house and it is likely that they initially lived in the second story of their dry goods store. Their daughter, Emily Isabelle, married Abraham Daniels in November of 1921 and this home became the Daniel’s family home until 1949. Since then, the home has had several owners. The current owners purchased the home in 2000.

Since 2000, the Sam’s have enjoyed being caretakers of the house and have raised their two children here. Originally, the kitchen was a working kitchen for the staff of the home and was separated from the dining room to provide the highest level of dining privacy to the original homeowners. The current owners have thoughtfully renovated the kitchen in a traditional style, including designing dentils into the ceiling moldings, and have successfully and with great craftsmanship, integrated the kitchen warmly back into the home. The homeowners have painstakingly reproduced the intricate trim on the doorway and wainscoting in the dining room when they added the opening from the dining room to the kitchen.
The homeowners would like to restore the original slate roof and introduce copper downspouts in the future.

August 2019 photos

Colonial Revival style   ...   Details, from the top down, below:

One of two dormers, with 6/1 lights, sides covered with slate   ...   Roof must have been originally slate

Portico:     Side lights   ...   Doric columns

House number in frieze  ...   Doric columns

Voussoirs above window with 6/1 lights   ..   Running brick bon

West elevation   ...   Side gable roof

Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa.
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