William J. Crawford House
844 West Delavan Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209

Architecture firm:
Wood & Bradney
Colonial Revival
Exterior building material:
Barre granite
Family Business:
John Crawford (d. 1893)
William J. Crawford - 1892 John Crawford & Son
William J. Crawford, Jr. - 1916 V-P

Home of William J. Crawford, 844 West Delevan(sp?) Avenue
President of W. J. Crawford & Co., Inc., Manufacturers Monuments, Mausoleums, etc.
Source: Beautiful Homes of Buffalo, 1915 edition, Figure 17
University at Buffalo: Home of William J. Crawford, 844 West Delavan Avenue

2016 photos

Exterior building has changed very little since 1916. 
Hipped roof  ...  Large Barre granite dormers and exterior ...  Quoins  ...  Stone sills  ...  First story stone lintels  ...  Barre granite Doric round and square columns

South elevation

Stone clad dormer

Stone (Ohio limestone?) window surround ... Leaded flanking windows

Corner quoins

Tetrasyle temple front portico  with Doric columns and pilasters

Doric column and pilaster


Paneled door with leaded glass side lights

Leaded glass side light

Barre granite  ...  Detail below:

Stone window surrounds

William J Crawford
BIRTH:     abt 1898 - New York
RESIDENCE:     1935 - Buffalo, Erie, New York
RESIDENCE:     Buffalo, Erie, New York
 - 1940 US Federal Census
Norman Alexander MacDonald

In March 1902, and he came to buffalo ....

He married June 19, 1907, in Buffalo, Mabel, daughter of William J. and Annie M. (Davis) Crawford.  Her father is senior member of the firm of William J. Crawford & Company, Delaware and Delavan avenues, Buffalo, manufacturers of of mausoleums and statuary; both parents are living, and reside at 840 Potomac avenue.
 - Genealogical and Family History of Western New York Volume 2, edited by William Richard Cutter, 1912, p. 906
William J. Crawford, of William J. Crawford & Company, Buffalo, N.Y., is entitled to the distinction of having what is probably the only Barre granite residence occupied by a retail monument dealer in the country. This very handsome residence, illustrated here, is also said to be the only granite residence in Buffalo. The dimensions are 39 feet front and 42 feet in depth. There are over eight loads of Barre granite [Vermont] in the house, and the cut work is all twelve-cut.

The architects are Wood & Bradney, designers of some the finest residences in Buffalo.

The stock is from the Wells-Lamson Quarry Co. and was cut in the Crawford shops in Buffalo, including fluted columns, pilasters, etc. The platform of the porch is one stone, 16 feet 6 inches long, 6 feet 6 inches wide and 9 inches thick. 

This firm writes: "It may be of interest to you to know that we are at present engaged in the building of three mausoleums.  Business  never was better  than it is at the present time, our orders being $15,000 in excess of the orders at this time last year."
- Monumental News; Devoted to Monumental and Kindred Interests, Volume 27, Chicago, January, 1915, p. 707

Granite Marble & Bronze,
Volume 27 No. 1, January 1917, p. 38.  (Online July 2017.) Underlining added for clarity

- System: The Magazine of Business, July 1919, pp. 864-65

John J. Crawford - 59 Chapin Parkway
William J. Crawford (son) - 844 West Delavan Avenue

Color photos and their arrangement 2016 Chuck LaChiusa
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