Francis R. Kowsky on the Web

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts
Buffalo State College (Retired)

See also: VIDEO - North America by Design film series: The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System Based on the LALH book by Francis R. Kowsky. (online Jan. 2014)

Olmsted and Vaux:

Olmsted's Buffalo Park and Parkway System

Calvert Vaux and the Architecture of Buffalo's Parks

Calvert Vaux: The Unsung Hero of Landscape Architecture

In Defense of Niagara: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Niagara Reservation

Ames Gate Lodge, North Easton, Massachusetts

Lydig Munson Hoyt House, Staatsburgh, NY


The Best Planned City in the World

Andrew Jackson Downing


Country, Park & City: The Architecture and Life of Calvert Vaux 1824-1895
Excerpt on  Pages 11-16

Intensive Level Historic Resources Surveys - Buffalo:

Buffalo Broadway-Fillmore

Buffalo - Triangle Neighborhood

Buffalo Grant-Ferry-Forest Neighborhood

Intensive Level Historic Resources Surveys - WNY:

Niagara Falls, NY - Historic Overview

Niagara Falls, NY - Industrial Survey

Cultural Resource Survey - Buffalo:

North Prospect Hill (PBN Website, online Feb. 2016)


Buffalo sites:

Excerpts from "Delaware Avenue," in The Grand American Avenue

H. H. Little and the Red Jacket: An early Buffalo Apartment House

H.H. Richardson's Project for the Young Men's Association Library in Buffalo

Historical Society

Market Arcade

Metcalfe House

Monuments of a Vanished Prosperity: Buffalo's Grain Elevators and the Rise and Fall of the Great Transnational System of Grain Transportation 

Richard Upjohn and the Gothic Revival in Buffalo

Saint Paul's Cathedral

A Towering Masterpiece: H. H. Richardson's Buffalo State Hospital

William Dorsheimer House


Buffalo sites - Nominations to the State & National Registers of Historic Places:

Buffalo Grain and Materials Elevator Multiple Property Submission

Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club ...... PHOTOS

Curtiss Building, 204 Franklin St.

C. W. Miller Livery Stable

Edward Diebolt House

 500 Block of Main

M. Wile Company

Parkside Candy Shoppe

Temple Beth Zion

WNY sites:

Rider-Hopkins Farm and Olmsted Camp 12820 Benton Road, Sardinia, NY

WNY sites - Nominations to the State & National Registers of Historic Places:

500 Block of Main

Holley-Rankin House, Niagara Falls, NY


Olaf William Shelgren Jr. 1925-2010

Harlow C. Curtiss

Paul F. Mann

Art Moderne (1930-1945)


Queen Anne Style

Early Twentieth Century Commercial style

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