Williams-Butler House - Table of Contents

RECEPTION HALL /  LIBRARY / DINING ROOM
Williams-Butler House / Jacobs Executive Development Center
AKA The Butler Mansion
672 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

2003 Photos

Reception Hall


Reception Hall    ...    Main entrance on north side of the house leads to porte-cochere    ...    Imposing entablature over doorway    ...     Oak  Corinthian columns    ...    Detail below:


Reception Hall     ...    Fluted  Corinthian  pilaster and column    ...    Egg-and-dart molding   ...    Leaded glass  side light



Reception Hall     ...    Doors open to North Street    ...    Walls are covered with quartersawn oak paneling    ...    Doors detail below:
 

Reception Hall     ...    Wrought iron and glass doors    ...   Note C scrolls



Reception Hall     ...   Note  (very expensive) burls on paneling 



Reception Hall     ...    The gold-plated, three-story chandelier (originally gas) above the staircase was in danger of being discarded when Delaware North Companies bought the house in 1979. When it was cleaned, it was found to be gold-plated -- and not merely gold-leafed as was thought -- and worth something in the six-figure bracket.    ...    The chandelier is cleaned by lowering it using a crank in the attic.    ...    Carved balustrade



Reception Hall     ...    Precast plaster panels on ceiling feature rosette  medallions    ...    Cornice at left is decorated with dentils



Reception Hall     ...    Sconce    ...    Hand carved festoon (swag)    ...    Egg-and-dart



Reception Hall     ...    Looking into dining room    ...    Precast  plaster panels on ceiling    ...    Cornice   supported by modillions    ...     Egg-and-dart molding    ...    Dentils    ...    Applied hand carved festoon (swag)




Library


Reception hall looking into the library



Library    ...     Coffered ceiling made of deep-red Brazilian mahogany    ...    Library is largest room in the house



Library    ...     Mantelpiece (a six-foot tall person easily walks under the mantle)  ...    Two details below:


Library    ...    Mantelpiece detail #1    ...    Entablature:   Classical sea creatures on frieze    ...    Egg-and-dart molding above and below    ...    Dentil molding



Library    ...    Support: Bead-and-reel    ...     Acanthus leaves




Dining Room


Dining Room    ...    Overlooks North St.     ...    The furniture, although antique, is not original to the house



Dining Room    ...     Plaster medallions on ceiling    ...    Quarter oak paneling and wainscoting    ...    Breakfast room in background



Dining Room    ...    Precast plaster medallions on ceiling






Special thanks to Jacobs Executive Development Center Site Coordinator Bonnie Pritchard for her cooperation in 2003

Photos and their arrangement 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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