Classic Buffalo: A Heritage of Distinguished Architecture
Photography by Andy Olenick
Text by Richard O. Reisem

Canisius College Press, Buffalo , New York


Unusual for Frank Lloyd Wright, he designed a two story, cathedral ceiling living room for the Davidsons. To enhance the room's light even further, he created a two-story bay window at one end of the room. The furniture, also, was designed by Wright.

Walter V. Davidson House (1908), 57 Tillinghast Place, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for another Larkin Company executive. Most ceilings in Wright houses are relatively low, but in this residence, Wright made the living room two stories high. To add to the room's spaciousness and light, he added a huge, two story bay window at one end and clerestory windows along the north and south walls. Wright liked low or flat roofs and skylights, which often leaked. From one of Wright's buildings at Florida Southern College, President Ludd Spivey wrote, "The skylight keeps leaking and I have water all over my desk. What should I do?" Wright wrote back, "I guess you are going to have to move your desk." At the Tulsa home for Wright's cousin, Richard Lloyd Jones, the flat roof leaked in a rainstorm, and Mrs. Jones commented, "That's what happens when you leave a work of art out in the rain." Davidson, fortunately, had no such problems.

©1999 Photographs Andy Olenick
©1999 Text Richard O. Reisem