Dr. Ebenezer Johnson, physician turned politician, purchased almost 100 acres north of the settled area of the city, on Delaware Avenue, and erected a magnificent home. When it was completed in 1834, Mayor (Buffalo's first mayor) Ebenezer Johnson's cottage was the most extravagant residence in Western New York. It was the centerpiece of a 30 acre country estate on the rural outskirts of the small city. Johnson had an artificial lake with a flock of swans, a deer park, and an orchard. -- Source: Ebenezer Johnson

Illustration source: Buffalo's Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families, by Edward T. Dunn. Pub. by Canisius College Press, 2003