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Williams-Butler House - Table of Contents

EXTERIOR - Williams-Butler House / Jacobs Executive Development Center
672 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

North Street elevation


  Details below:


 North Street elevation   ...    Fluted Corinthian marble columns support balconied portico



 North Street elevation   ...  Marble modillions support the roof cornice    ...    Dentils decorate the marble portico cornice   ...    Marble fluted  Corinthian column: volutesanthemionacanthus leaves



 North Street elevation   ...   Parapet   ....    Marble dentil molding   ...     Marble  fluted  Corinthian column


 North Street elevation   ...  Marble fluted  Corinthian column    ...   Capital:    volutesanthemionsacanthus leaves




North elevation


Photo taken from Delaware Avenue    ...
Massive wrought iron fences on stone piers hold the line of the street and delineate the limits of the private park    ...   
This is the main entrance with porte-cochere on the right (north side) of the building, with direct access to the carriage house in rear. The reasons for the side entry are weather protection and privacy. 




North elevation   ...    Architect's drawing of north elevation.    ...    Note porte-cochere    ...    There are a number of architect's drawings on display in the house    ...
In 1990, the McKim, Mead & White architectural floor plans for the house were found in the barn of the Rider-Hopkins Farm in Sardinia, NY, designed by Harold LeRoy Olmsted      ...    The McKim, Mead & White plans were donated by the Olmsted Family to The Buffalo/Erie County Historical Society.    ...    The Olmsted family has no idea why Harold had these plans, but assume he may have been asked to design some changes for a subsequent owner.



North elevation    ...    Marble and wrought iron  porte-cochere    ...    Main entrance on the north side of the house.    ...    Across the street on Delaware Avenue: Westbrook Apartments



North elevation    ...    Porte-cochere    ...    All marble     ...    Dentils    ...    Egg-and-dart ornamentation on capitals with rosettes below



North elevation    ...    Main entrance from porte-cochere     ...   
Marble surround:   Transom    ...    Side lights    ...    Entablature    ...    Pairs of  Ionic columns
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North elevation    ...    Transom    ...    Entablature    ...    Egg and dart ornamentation    ...    Ionic columns



North elevation    ...    Round window with marble surround   ...   Running brick bond



North elevation    ...    To right of main entrance    ...   
Quoins at end of bays    ...    Window caps: rounded arch with keystone on first floor; lintels on second floor    ...    Door has marble surround including entablature  transom  and pilasters




North elevation    ...    North side (to the right of previous photo)    ...
Roman brick   ...    Ball finial atop pier buttress    ...    Limestone paterae flanked by fluting in the frieze of the
pier buttress  entablature


North elevation    ...    Chimney with entablature   ...    Balustraded  parapet    ...    Modillions supporting overhanging cornice    ...   Detail below:

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North elevation    ...    Chimney with  Roman brick and  entablature     ...    Modillions supporting overhanging cornice




Fountain
See more photos of the fountain HERE


Photo taken from the garden/parking lot (former Metcalfe House)    ...    Westminster Church on Delaware Ave. spire in background



Rear (west) elevation: Double balustraded parapets at top of house echo balustrade surrounding fountain





Special thanks to Jacobs Executive Development Center Site Coordinator Bonnie Pritchard for her cooperation in 2003

Photos and their arrangement 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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