Catharine Lewis House
605 Richmond Avenue, Buffalo, New York

First owner:
Catharine Lewis was married to Dr. Theodore G. Lewis. The house deeded to Mrs. Lewis.  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.
Colonial Revival
Houses built by John W. Gibbs:
##601, 605, 613, 617 Richmond Ave.
Built for John W. Gibbs; builder: John W. Gibbs.
2 1/2 story hipped roof
Colonial Revival  house, brownstone foundation, wood clapboard, asphalt roof.
Full width flat roof front porch with stone piers, Doric columns.
Second story bay windows.  Palladian window dormer. Corner pilasters.
- Section 7, Page 251-253, Elmwood West Historic District Nomination

605 Richmond Avenue

Owners: David Hickok and Christine Burnett
By Judy Tucker

John W. Gibbs built this house in 1897 for Dr. Theodore G. and Catharine Lewis.

Dr. Lewis was an accomplished dental surgeon, dental appliance inventor, music teacher, and a printer and copywriter. He was an avid collector of dental books, paintings, sketches and vases. He had one of the finest collections of War Medals and Decorations of Honor in the country. He regularly lent and eventually donated his collections to the Albright Art Gallery.

He founded Buffalo Orchestra Association in 1887, which practiced in this house, and gave concerts once or twice a year to the Buffalo State Hospital inmates. The superintendent of the hospital stated ‘for weeks after such performances, the behavior of the poor unfortunates responded with marked improvement, both mental and physical’.

Dr. Lewis retired his dental practice in 1891, and become President of Buffalo Dental Manufacturing Co., which he helped to found several years earlier. He then donated over 1,200 dental books to the Grosvenor Library. He also penned columns for various Buffalo papers under the name L. Theo Garwood.

Dr. Lewis was instrumental in Buffalo's establishing a school of dentistry.

Colonial Revival style   ...  
Facade:  Dormer Palladian window  ...  Second floor bay windows  ...   Doric columns  ...   Vase-shaped balusters    ...   Painted stone foundation

Dormer Palladian window

Second floor bay windows with Tuscan  pilasters

Second floor bay windows with Tuscan  pilasters    ...  

Egg-and-dart molding

Portico   ...   Details below:

Portico   ...  Roman (smooth shaft) Doric column and pilaster   ...   Side light with leaded glass   ...     Vase-shaped balusters 

Rafter tails are an Arts & Crafts feature    ...  
Roman (smooth shaft) Doric column 

Rounded balustrade

Onondaga limestone?

North elevation   ...   Two details below:

North elevation

North elevation    ...   S-scroll supports

South elevation

Gable dormers

Foliated leaded glass

Palladian window   with leaded glass

Photos and their arrangement 2019 Chuck LaChiusa
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