Truscott House - Table of Contents

Bessie Sweet Truscott House
33 Oakland Place, Buffalo, NY

Erected:

1898

Architect:

Lansing & Beierl

Style:

Colonial Revival

 

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## 33 and 29

##37, 33 and 29

Palladian window on north side of house:

An excerpt from
Oakland Place: Gracious Living in Buffalo
By
Martin Wachadlo
Published by Buffalo Heritage Unlimited

This is the northern half of a Colonial Revival double house. Bessie Sweet Truscott (1862-1941) purchased the lot early in 1897. This purchase occurred around the same time that Mary Lansing purchased the adjacent lot. Mary Lansingís husband, Williams Lansing, was a principal in the architectural firm of Lansing & Beierl. He designed a single building on both lots containing two residences to maximize the use of available space.

Exterior

Although the two residences were divided by a thick party wall, 29 and 33 Oakland Place presented a balanced and unified façade. The façades and floor plans of these Colonial Revival residences were originally mirror images. Large bays mark the location of the living rooms and master bedrooms. Although the entrances originally included front porches that were supported by smooth Tuscan columns, the porch on 33 Oakland Place was removed by one of the homeís later owners. The windows are nine-over-nine sash and a Palladian window on each side highlights the main staircase. Balustrades originally topped the high hip roof with its flaring eaves and the area between the dormers. The thick party wall is topped by a massive center chimney.



Special thanks to current owner Dr. Michael Rabice for his cooperation

Photos and their arrangement © 2006 Chuck LaChiusa
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