605 Richmond Avenue, Buffalo, New York
||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.|
|Houses built by John W. Gibbs:
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.
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 ...
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
North elevation ... Two details below:
North elevation ... S-scroll supports
Foliated leaded glass
Palladian window with leaded glass