McKinney House - Table of Contents
Library and Dining Room - Thomas J. McKinney
35 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo, NY
Text below reprinted with permission.
Classic Buffalo: A Heritage of Distinguished Architecture
by Richard O. Reisem
Additional excerpts: Excerpts - Classic Buffalo: A Heritage of Distinguished Architecture
The McKinney library is finished in clear , quarter-sawn English oak. Books are hidden behind elaborately carved bookcase doors with leaded glass depicting the Canterbury Tales. It was reported that Thomas McKinney went to Brentano's Bookstore in New York City and ordered an appropriate library for a gentleman of means, which Brentano's, with their experience and impeccable taste, willingly supplied.
American walnut was used in the dining room, which has doors carved with heavy garlands of fruit.
Note stained glass windows in bookcase doors at far right. The windows, designed by Nicola D'Ascenzo, depict scenes from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
There is a bookcase at the other end of the room that includes three addtional Canterbury Tales scenes.
Bookcase: Quarter-sawn English oak ..... Lion head applied on top of egg-and-dart and dentil molding ..... Ionic pilasters ..... Turned split spindles
Dining room, looking into entry hall
American walnut was used in the dining room, which has doors hand carved with heavy garlands of fruit.
Top: Leaf-and-dart molding ..... Rope molding ..... Carved animals ..... Beads
Special thanks to owners Clement Arrison for his cooperation and Karen Arrison for her patience and assistance in 2009
Photos taken on April 30, 2009 by Chuck LaChiusa
Photos © 2009 Clement and Karen Arrison
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