Charles and Margaret Mosier House
96 Bidwell Parkway, Buffalo, NY
Additional text found beneath the 2015 photos
| Charles Mosier:
||"Charles Mosier was a partner in Mosier & Summers, a prominent local contractor that built many
of the buildings designed by Esenwein & Johnson, including the Hotel Statler." (Source: Buffalo History Museum: "Art Nouveau and Other Expressions: Rediscovering the Architecture of Esenwein and Johnson"
||Margaret Mosier; 4-22-1905
||Esenwein & Johnson
||Contributing member in the Elmwood Historic Preservation District (West)
Mosier House, 96 Bidwell Parkway
Photo on display in the Buffalo History Museum during a 2005 exhibit entitled "Art Nouveau and Other Expressions: Rediscovering the Architecture of Esenwein and Johnson"
Center entrance Colonial Revival ... Comparing this 2015 photo to the historic photo above, note that the second floor balustrade on top of the semicircular round porch was removed at some point in time.
Gable dormer with broken pediment ... Raking dentil molding ... Keystone
Prominent quoins ... Stone lintels and sills
Modillions supporting overhanging eaves ... Roman (smooth shaft) Ionic columns
Dentil molding ... Ionic columns
Geometric design leaded glass
Geometric design leaded glass sidelights
Bidwell Parkway is an excellent example of Olmsted’s Buffalo parks and parkways system, cutting diagonally through the Elmwood Historic District (West) from Richmond Avenue and Colonial Circle through Elmwood Avenue near Potomac Avenue further on to Soldier’s Circle in the north-east.
The street and parkway itself were previously listed on the State and National Registers as a contributing element to the Delaware Park-Front Park system in the Olmsted Parks and Parkways Thematic Resources.
A divided roadway with grassy median, Bidwell Parkway is an excellent example of the type of road-as-park that Olmsted envisioned; linking pre- existing settlement at Black Rock and Cold Spring with ribbons of trees and landscape to Delaware Park.
The entire street measures approximately 200-feet in width, creating a broad roadway. The median is planted with numerous elm trees on a grid layout, helping give this area a shady, forest-like orderly appearance. Streetlights on Bidwell Parkway are cast iron decorative luminares on poles with Art Nouveau flourishes and glass globes.
Houses on Bidwell Parkway date from approximately the 1890s to 1900s, and many feature more high-style examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival styles. The street also contains several apartment buildings, compatibly scaled to the neighboring 2 1⁄2 or 3-story houses.
Notable buildings on Bidwell Parkway include the George L. Thorne House at 50 Bidwell Parkway, designed for one of Buffalo’s most prominent real estate moguls by Bethune, Bethune and Fuchs around 1885. The house at 123 Bidwell Parkway dates to 1895 and was designed by Joseph Lyman Silsbee, a nationally-significant architect and early mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright. It was built for Charles Dudley Arnold, official photographer of the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 and the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in 1901.
96 Bidwell Parkway
|Additional sources of information on this house found on Buffalo Architecture & History website:
1. Olmsted Park and Parkway System - Table of Contents
Bidwell Parkway is part of the Olmsted and Vaux-designed park system, the first designed park system in the US.
2. Grant-Ferry-Forest Intensive Level Historic Resources Survey
Intensive level surveys are usually professionally researched and published. A wealth of information, among other uses, they can lead to the formation of historic districts.
3. State and Federal Elmwood Historic District (West)
Bidwell Parkway west of Elmwood Avenue is included in the historic district. There are current efforts (May 2015) to create a Elmwood Historic District (East) that would include Bidwell Parkway east of Elmwood Avenue. The main impetus for creating historic districts is for developers and site owners to benefit from tax credits which is a way for society to express the appreciation of history.
4. Gen. Daniel Davidson Bidwell
The street is named after a Civil War Northern General from Buffalo; the original name of Colonial Circle was Bidwell Place.
5. Other Bidwell Parkway houses designed by Esenwein & Johnson: ##130, 132, 136, 138, 142, 177, 186, 200
6. Other Civil War commemorations:
|Additional sources of information on this house found on other websites:
1. "Art Nouveau and Other Expressions: Rediscovering the Architecture of Esenwein and Johnson"
A 2005 exhibit at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (subsequently named The Buffalo History Museum). The museum posted images and information from the exhibit on its own website (online May 2015). A photo and two floor plans are included.
Some of the same images and information can be found on the Buffalo Architecture & History website.
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