Palmer Centennial House - Table of Contents   ..............................    Junior League  of Buffalo Decorators’ Show House - Table of Contents

 Exterior - William J. Palmer House
288 Lincoln, Buffalo, NY

2019 Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News Decorators’ Show House


Original owner:
William J. Palmer who built many greenhouses in Lancaster to support his thriving floriculture business
Ulysses G. Orr


Arts and Crafts

Historic location:

Rumsey farm / Pan-American Exposition  /   Nye Park

Partial reprint

Lincoln Parkway Home Chosen for Decorators' Show House

By Susan Martin
The Buffalo News, July 27, 2018

The Palmer Centennial House, an arts-and-crafts-style home at 288 Lincoln Parkway, has been chosen as the 20th Decorators’ Show House to take place next spring [2019], the Junior League of Buffalo has announced.

The three-story home was designed by architect Ulysses G. Orr in 1910 when the street was known as North Lincoln Boulevard. Highlights include a large first floor with multiple fireplaces, a sun room, original architectural details, more than 100 windows and a large lot with a pool.

William Palmer owned multiple floral shops in Buffalo and was one of the original group of founders in 1910 of Florists’ Telegraph Delivery, known today as FTD, according to the Junior League.

Decorators’ Show House  is a biennial event co-sponsored by the Junior League and The Buffalo News. Since 1981, it has raised more than $4 million to benefit the Western New York community.

The Show House will be open to the public April 27 through May 19, after area interior decorators and craftsmen restore and transform it.

2018 Photos, except where noted

Photo taken February 6, 2019

North elevation   ...   Front elevation faces Chatham Ave,   ...   Lincoln Parkway is at the left   ...   Porte-cochere - not original

Arts & Crafts style   dormer  shed roof and rafter tails are two typical features  ...  Two details below:

Terra cotta tile roof

Relatively plain
rafter tails   ...   Stucco was a commonly used material for an Arts & Crafts style house

Porte-cochere - not original - and front entrance facing Chatham Ave.   ...   Is any of the first floor
brick original?   ...     Small panes in windows are a feature of Arts & Crafts style

One of two matching Arts & Crafts style  stained glass windows flanking the entrance

Glass panel protected by C scroll pattern  wrought iron  (two details below:)

Thick oak doors

Fenestrations (windows) on both the left and right of the
porte-cochere are identical   ...   The right side enclosed porch mirrors the one on the opposite side of the house -  but only this one has a second story addition

North  (Chatham with front entrance) east (Lincoln) corner   ...   Note that the left side enclosed porch has no second floor addition (probably not original) above it 

East (Lincoln Parkway) elevation   ...  
East elevation rounded first floor windows in the enclosed porch not original and not Arts & Crafts style   ...    First floor brick original?

East elevation oversized
Arts & Crafts style knee braces

East elevation  ...   Rounded windows not original and not
Arts & Crafts style

South west elevations   ...   Shed roof and also
small panes are Arts & Crafts style   ...   First floor rear sunroom

Second floor dual sunrooms adjoin bedrooms

Photos and their arrangement 2018 Chuck LaChiusa
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