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Dr. Ernest Wende House
471 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

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Lion mural  - 2014 photos

Lion mural - 2021 photos

Edward T. Dunn, Dr. Ernest Wende House history

2005 photo    ...    Note the restaurant canopy, detailed below:.

2005 photo    ...    Manny's Supper club: opened 1961, closed 1993

2014 photo   ...   Above the balconet   ...   Top:  Cyma recta   ...    Bead-and-reel molding   ...  Gougework   ...    Dentils   ...   Egg-and-dart   ...   Bead-and-reel molding

2014 photo   ...   Balustraded  balconet

2014 photo   ...   Architrave features Bead-and-reel and bead moldings   ...   Composite capital: Fleuron   ...   Egg-and-dart   ...   Shell   ...   Volutes flanked by acanthus leaves

2014 photo   ...   Terra cotta double vase balusters   ...   Bead-and-reel molding

2014 photo    ...    Terra cotta paneled foliated pilasters

2014 photo    ...   Dentils above doorway   ...   Wooden paneled door with linenfold design, detailed below:

2014 photo   ...   Medallions   ...    Linenfold

2014 photo   ...   Linenfold

Lion mural
Artist: Chico
Painted: 1996
Photos taken: 2014

2014 photo   ...   South elevation mural    ...   Parking lot was the site of the Dr. Floyd Crego House, completing the row houses on the Midway.

2014 photo   ...   Lion, by Frank Cravotta the summer of 1996

2014 photo

Photos taken August 7, 2021

August 7, 2021 photo

August 7, 2021 photo

August 7, 2021 photo   ...   Chico Cravotta: "
And where it once had a small ‘Manny’s’ painted, I am painting the word ‘Grace’which is a word that I love – it’s also my daughter’s middle name.”

August 7, 2021 photo    ...    Artist's signature: Chico Cravotta   ...   Painted in 2021

Partial reprint

Iconic Lion Mural Gets A Refresher After 25 Years
By  Queenseyes
BuffaloRising, August 3, 2021

One of Buffalo’s long-standing murals is getting a refresher. The lion mural, which has stood watching over Delaware Avenue for the last 25 years, is being lovingly restored by Chico Cravotta.

What is especially interesting is that it was Cravotta who originally painted the mural 25 years ago when he was 25 years old. Cravotta recently approached building owner Scott Croce about repairing the work – the two chipped in together to pay for the paint and the lift, while Cravotta donated his time.

Photo by  Scott Balzer

“When I first painted the mural it was on the side of Manny’s Restaurant,” Cravota told me. “I kept all of my original drawings, news clips, and photos… I even have my original sketch that I had in my pocket while painting this time. When I first painted the mural, I did it on a single row of scaffolding, wheeling it back and forth – it took me about 7 weeks to complete. This time around I had a lift, so it’s taken about a week. I’m just about finished. I have to add a couple of small details.”

If the lion in the mural looks familiar, it’s because it’s based off one of the lion sculptures found at the McKinley Monument at Niagara Square. Cravota first presented the sketch to the owners of Manny’s back in 1996.

“It’s perfect timing,” said Cravota. “It’s 25 years almost to the day. I think that this updated mural is better than the original – I made some changes that always bothered me. I also used satin paint that has a little glean, so that it pops. And where it once had a small ‘Manny’s’ painted, I am painting the word ‘Grace,’ which is a word that I love – it’s also my daughter’s middle name.”

During our conversation, Cravota and I laughed that this mural might be considered “The Grandfather of all Buffalo murals.” 25 years ago there were some beautiful old painted signs around the city, but murals were few and far between. Now, this gleaming lion mural, set against weathered patina and exposed brickwork, has come to life once again.”

“I had the original drawing in my pocket to guide me,” Cravota told me. “The same one that I first presented to the owners of Manny’s. It’s incredible to think that it’s been 25 years… this has been an emotional experience for me.”

Photo by  Scott Balzer

The census information and history below are excerpts from
Buffalo's Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families, by Edward T. Dunn. Pub. by Canisius College Press, 2003, pp. 290-298

1905 census:
Ernest Wende M.D. 51 NY [died 1910];  Frances Wende 50;  Margaret Wende 12 daughter school;  Hamilton Wende 12 son school;  Flavilla Wende 17 daughter school;  Samuel J. Cutler 84 England boarder
1915 census:
Grover Wende M.D. 47 [Ernest's brother]; David Wende 27 son school;  Elizabeth Wende 51
1920 census: F. Grover Wende M.D. 52 NY;  David F. Wende 22 NY son president insurance company;  Susan Wende 32 NY niece clerk;  Alive Heiniman 22 NY
1925 census: Grover W. Wende M.D. 56;  David Wende 25 son medical student;  Julia B. Trotter 23 lodger

Photos and their arrangement 2014 Chuck LaChiusa
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