Bemis / Ransom House - Table of Contents

First floor - Bemis / Ransom House
267 North Street, Buffalo, NY

Collins & Collins Attorneys, LLC (online April 2019)

2019 photographs

Entrance hall / Collins & Collins Waiting room


Entrance hall / Collins & Collins Waiting room   ...   
Front entrance double doors   ...   Paneled oak door   ...   Oak wainscoting   ...   Encaustic floor tiles



Oak  door surround   ...   Bead molding   ...   Bead-and-reel molding



Oak wainscoting



Encaustic floor tiles   ...    Vitruvian wave pattern at edge of floor   ...  
"Encaustic tiles are made of two or more colors of clay which are inlaid together to create the pattern. Then the tiles are fired. Encaustic tiles have been around since medieval times but encaustic tile as an art form reached its apex in the mid 1800s when renowned maker, Minton's Ltd, became the supplier of durable decorative finishes for walls and floors in churches, public buildings, and grand palaces. Even the U.S. Capitol sports a Minton encaustic tile floor." -  Tile Magazine (online ASpril 2019)



Entrance hall   ...   Stained glass window
   ...   Three details below:


Stained glass window includes jewels






Entrance hall   ...   Jewels




Front hall / Collins & Collins reception area


Front hall / Collins & Collins reception area   ...   Room at left is the entrance hall shown above


Mantelpiece   ...   Seven mantelpiece details below:


Mantelpiece detail #1  ...   Rounded panels echo the foyer's stained glass window



Mantelpiece detail #2  ...    Dentil molding   ...   Tuscan capital with Greek fluted shaft   ...   Carved spandrel   ...   Beveled glass



Mantelpiece detail #3  ...     Oak    ...   Foliated spandrel carving includes a volute



Mantelpiece detail #4  ...     Acanthus leaf-decorated corbels support the mantel     ...   Frieze features dual scroll buttresses flanking the center panel    ...    Ceramic tile in the fireplace surround and hearth is in the Della Robbia Weave bond pattern   ...   Brass andirons



Mantelpiece detail #5  ... Dentil molding   ...   Right side scroll buttress flank



Mantelpiece detail #6  ...  Ceramic tile with Della Robbia Weave bond pattern  above the fireplace metal  acanthus leaf molding



Mantelpiece detail #7  ...    Floor tiles





Front hall / Collins & Collins reception area    ...    Paneled wainscoting





House owner: Mrs. Joseph T. Jones
Illustration source: "Buffalo, the City Beautiful," Hubbell, Mark H., ed. Buffalo Truth Publishing Co., 1931
Photo courtesy of Dr. Joseph Bieron
Part of the scene below:



Front hall / Collins & Collins reception area staircase   ...   Thirteen details below:


Front hall / reception area staircase detail #1



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #2     ...     Strapwork and elaborately turned balusters design



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #3   ...   The animal head echoes the exterior sculptures on the facade of the house



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #4



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #5   ...   Strapwork and elaborately turned spindlework   ...   Note S scrolls  in upper corner  spandrels


Front hall / reception area staircase detail #6   ...   Strapwork and elaborately turned spindlework   ...   Note Flemish scrolls  in upper corner  spandrels


Front hall / reception area staircase detail #7   ...   Strapwork and elaborately turned spindlework on the landing  ...   Note Flemish scrolls  in upper corner  spandrels


Front hall / reception area staircase detail #8   ...   Stained glass windows on the landing   ...   Four windows details below:


Front hall / reception area staircase detail #9   ...   Left window: Upper panel   ...   Foliate pattern



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #10    ...    Center window: top   ...   Ribbon swags and bellflowers  surround an opalescent panel



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #11   ...    Center window: lower section   ...   Bottom detail below:



Front hall / reception area staircase detail #12   ...   Opalescent glass



Front hall / reception area
staircase detail #13   ...   Paneled wainscoting




Drawing room / Collins & Collins office off the front hall / reception area


Drawing room/Office
elaborate strapwork  shutters   ...   Detail below:


Elaborate strapwork  shutters detaIL



House owner: Mrs. Joseph T. Jones
Illustration source: "Buffalo, the City Beautiful," Hubbell, Mark H., ed. . Buffalo Truth Publishing Co., 1931
Photo courtesy of Dr. Joseph Bieron
Same mantelpiece below:


Mantelpiece   ...   Four details below:



Mantelpiece  detail #1   ...   Strapwork panel



Mantelpiece  detail #2   ...  Carved foliated and strapwork   frieze beneath mantel



Mantelpiece  detail #3   ...    Lion head   ...     Subway tiles (unusual for firebacks)



Mantelpiece  detail #4   ...   Subway tiles (unusual for firebacks)     ...   Marble surround





Parquet floor




Music room  / Collins & Collins office


Shutter detail below:





House owner: Mrs. Joseph T. Jones
Illustration source: "Buffalo, the City Beautiful," Hubbell, Mark H., ed. . Buffalo Truth Publishing Co., 1931
Photo courtesy of Dr. Joseph Bieron

Same room below:


Mantelpiece    ...    Four mantelpiece details below:


Mantelpiece  detail #1   ...   Ceramic tiles on the fireback and on the surround



Mantelpiece  detail #2 



Mantelpiece  detail #3  ...   Multifoil arch   ...   Strapwork ornamentation on the side of the corbel  supporting the mantel



Mantelpiece  detail 4  ...    Ceramic tiles on the fireback and on the surround and hearth





To the right of the mantelpiece:   Foliated S scroll   ...   Detailed below:










Special thanks to the  Collins & Collins Attorneys, and especially Amanda Renzi, for their cooperation in 2019

Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa
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