Antoinette Pleuthner House
503 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Built:
1903
First owner:
Antoinette Pleuthner was married to Augustus Pleuthner. The house deeded to Mrs. Pleuthner.  We do not know whether this house/parcel was part of the dowry, or whether her husband put this house in his wife’s name to shelter the house from creditors.
Architect: William L. Schmolle
Style: Eclectic: mixed Colonial and Craftsman
Status:
Contributing building of the Richmond Avenue-Ashland Avenue Historic District
Lafayette Avenue history:
Angela Keppel, "A Street Named After a Church?"  (online August 2019) 
Neighhborhood history:
Elmwood Historic District (West) National Register of Historic Places Nomination

Grant-Ferry-Forest Survey
Built for Antoinette Pleuthner, this building is a good representative example of an architect designed, two-and-one- half story, side gabled, urban, brick and frame residence with mixed Colonial and Craftsman period styling. -  Section 5, Grant-Ferry-Forest Survey
503 Lafayette
Owner: Garin Tomaszewski
8/30/19
By Judy Tucker

In 1903, Augustus and Antoinette Pleuthner hired William L. Schmolle, Architect, to build this house in an eclectic mix of Colonial and Craftsman styles. The Pleuthners were partners in both business and marriage and together operated a tailor shop called ‘Augustus J. Pleuthner... Maker of Smart Clothes for Young Men’ at 58 Niagara Street. Throughout her lifetime, Mrs. Pleuthner was also very active in the congregation of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In 1906 Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Wilson purchased the house for $11,000. Throughout the 1920-1930’s, Charles was a Vice President of Foster-McClellan Co., active in Greater Buffalo Advertising Club and President of the Buffalo Exporter’s Association. Mrs. Wilson was just as active in various Home Bureau clubs and was a three term President of the Audubon Society of Buffalo. She was also a regular host of  "Monday Class" a popular women’s club that held bi-monthly meetings at different area locations where women were invited to hear lectures about a variety of topics from changing political ideals to book reviews.

The house has had various renovations including a rear addition where a cupola was added. There are nine skylights in this house, most of which are located on the third floor.





Bargeboards   ...   Palladian window   ...   Wooden shingles



Stick styleBargeboards   ...   Half-timbering with sunburst     ...  
Colonial Revival style:  Palladian window



Arts & Crafts style:   Rafter tails supporting eaves



Bay window with small
modillions, brackets, and engaged Ionic columns (detail below:)


Small modillions, brackets, and engaged Ionic column



Queen Anne style  balustraded porch



Modillions ...   Abacus






West elevation   ...   Jetty








Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa
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