Williams-Butler House - Table of Contents
History - Williams-Butler House / Jacobs Executive
AKA The Butler Mansion
An early lithograph of the Aaron Rumsey mansion which was razed and replaced by the Williams mansion.
George L. Williams built his house on the Delaware-North location, the most prestigious corner in the city
690 Delaware next door on Delaware. Built by George's older brother, Charles.
Architect Stanford White (McKim, Mead and White).
Edward Butler bought the house when George Williams left Buffalo in disgrace
The previous Butler House was located at 429 Linwood Ave.
Lake Erie was visible from the house.
See also: Highlights of Buffalo's History, 1898
|16,000 square feet in the main house and an additional 8,000 square feet in the carriage house|
|Stanford White (McKim, Mead and White).
One of the last houses Stanford White built before he was assassinated by jealous Harry K. Thaw.
Stanford White's first contribution to Buffalo architecture was as associate architect to H.H. Richardson when he designed the Buffalo State Hospital in 1870. White's second Buffalo work involved the James F. Metcalfe House, designed three years after White had joined McKim and Mead to form their avant-garde architectural firm.
George L. Williams and his wife Annie built this house on the Delaware-North location, the most prestigious corner in the city. His brother, Charles, built the house next door (the Williams-Pratt House /LiRo Group Building).
"They [George and Charles] were sons of Gibson T. Williams, a banker and
industrialist. They once owned what was reputedly the largest tannery in the United
States in Salamanca but sold it and concentrated on investing." - Buffalo's
Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families, by Edward T. Dunn. Pub. by Canisius College Press,
See also: Williams
Family - Table of Contents
In 1873, he came to Buffalo and established the Sunday News. That paper was enlarged twice before the establishment of the daily News.
In 1879, Mr. Butler established the Bradford Sunday News, which he continued to own and to publish for four years, when he sold it to be able to give more time to the Buffalo Evening News, which he established in October, 1880.
Mr. Butler was elector-at-large on the Republican ticket in 1896, and again in 1900. In the latter year, he was chairman of the Board of Electors of the State. He was a delegate-at-large in 1908 to the Republican National Convention at Chicago.
Mr. Butler married Miss Mary E. Barber of
West Pittston, daughter of Major William D. Barber. Mr. and Mrs. Butler were the
parents of four children.
Edward Hubert Butler I is listed in the City of Buffalo Directory as living at the following addresses:
See also: Butler Family - Table of Contents
In 1979, Delaware North
Companies (Website) bought the house and the adjoining property on North Street, the Metcalfe House. After a fierce preservation battle,
Delaware North demolished the Metcalfe
mansion next door (also designed by McKim,
Mead and White) for use as a parking lot.
In 1990, Delaware North sold the building to Varity Corp. to serve as its world headquarters.
From 1980 until 1996, Victor A. Rice was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Varity Corporation.
Varity removed the parking lot, installed a lush
garden, and constructed the lighted fountain
located in the center's granite courtyard. They also renovated the mansion.
Varity was acquired by a Cleveland Co., and in 1999 the center was again acquired by Delaware North Companies, whose CEO, Jeremy M Jacobs Sr., then deeded the property to SUNY at Buffalo. Now named the Jacobs Executive Development Center.
Arts Classical / Georgian Revival
Built on a grand scale and costing nearly $175,000-- a breathtaking sum in those days
Three stories: 16,000 sq. ft.; carriage house has 8,000 sq. ft.
Speakeasy in basement from the 1920s.
|Roman brick, limestone; granite foundation.|
- 2000 Preservation Coalition tour: Paul McDonnell, tour guide
- "A History of the City of Buffalo," published by the The Buffalo Evening News, 1908
- Classic Buffalo: A Heritage of Distinguished Architecture