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Exterior - Emma B. Wilkes House
495 Lafayette Avenue at the corner of Norwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY
||Martin C. Miller
||Arts & Crafts
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
- Henry and Emma B. Wilkes
- Ernest & Margot Freudenheim. Ernst moved here from Germany in
1930s to evade Jewish persecution. Through the 40s Freudenheim
housed several refugee families on the third floor of this house.
- Jules Fugdor
- Robert Freudenheim (son)
- Victor Shanchuk
495 Lafayette AvenueThe Shanchuk’s are the current owners of this home. Victor is an accomplished photographer, painter and artist and the home is filled with the couple’s collections of art and antiques. Victor recently had a show, Chemical Light, exhibited at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Owners: Victor and Deborah Shanchuk
By Judy Tucker
This handsome Arts and Crafts Colonial style house was designed by Martin C. Miller and was built in 1906 for Henry and Emma Wilkes. Wilkes was born in Buffalo and was Founder and President of the American Household Storage Company in 1903. He was an Elder at Lafayette Presbyterian Church for 25 years.
In the late 1930s, Ernst Freudenheim and his family moved to Buffalo from Germany after persecution of Jewish people began. Freudenheim first worked in a jewelry store and then opened his own jewelry business in this home. The original jewelry safe is in the first-floor bathroom. Freudenheim was very active in help
ing Jews get out of Germany and in the 40’s he housed several refugee families on the third floor of this house.
Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 2012, note the stained-glass transom window above the entrance, and period windows throughout the house. The home contains its original oak panels, open central staircase, window seats and pocket doors. In the entry, a saloon bar that the current owners found in the basement has been restored and contains the original nameplate for A.F. Meyer, a Buffalo manufacturing business started in 1915 that was a pioneer in electric refrigeration and saloon fixtures.
Architect's drawings: 1906
Arts & Crafts style
Slate dormers ... Bargeboard ... Six over one lights ... Replacement asphalt roof
Rafter tails - a typical Arts & Crafts style feature
Arts & Crafts style stained glass transom window
Stained glass: Opalescent glass ... Ripple glass ... Came
Brick voussoirs ... Six over one lights ... Stone sill
Oriels ... Brick voussoirs ... Sills ... Corbels
Sills ... Corbels
Eight over one lights