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Urban Barns

Urban Barns



Barn restoration expert Vincent Kuntz features a variety of urban barns in Buffalo, NY, some with before-and-after photos.

Barn restoration expert Vincent Kuntz features a variety of urban barns in Buffalo, NY, some with before-and-after photos.



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  • More windows than most barns, & a basement house converted to barn?
  • 22 stables in 6 city blocks 11 on Blossom St (alley) City of Buffalo 1894 Atlas
  • 9 barns 2 blocks

Urban Barns Urban Barns Presentation Transcript

  • Urban Barns
    • Vincent Kuntz
  • About Me
    • Building Trades since 1977
    • Former municipal Building Inspector
    • Preservation & restoration specialist since1990
    • Lift large buildings with my thumbs.
  • Norwood Avenue
    • A turntable for the carriage
    • A perch for the pigeons
  • Norwood Avenue
    • Modified for cars
    • Small window at right locates a horse stall
  • 464 Norwood Ave
    • A return to glory
  • 18 Abbotsford Place
    • A simple plank building at a tradesman’s cottage
  • 414 Richmond Ave
    • A work in progress, lifted and new foundation in 1998
  • 32 Essex Street
    • Stable within City Ice Plant #5. Note the hay loading door and stall windows
  • 38 Essex
  • 51 Essex Street
    • Drive door changed to triple window.
    • Now a 2 unit house.
  • White Brothers Livery Jersey Street
    • Horses downstairs, carriages upstairs
  • Jefferson Avenue at Northhampton
    • House is gone but the barn lives on.
  • Wilson Street
    • Barns for Fillmore Ave. homes on the east side
    • Houses on the west side
  • Paderewski Street at Fillmore Avenue
    • Wood frame barn for the shopkeeper’s horse & delivery wagon
  • North Parade Street
  • 144 Archie Street
    • Transition from horses to autos. Door heights raised, an old masonry soldier course shows at left door.
  • 144 Archie Street
    • East & West elevations
  • 301 Cedar St
    • Port cochere in front.
    • Barn in rear, brick arch at drive door.
  • 64 Nash St. at Broadway
    • 7 stall windows, 24”w x 36”h
    • East wall repaired with salvaged brick
  • 379 Ellicott St
    • Upper story removed
    • Stall windows at south side
  • Hersee Alley @ Blossom St.
    • Italianate details
    • Semicircle and segmented arch windows
    • Basement at east end
    • mid 19 th century complex
  • Blossom Street
    • Corbelled window hoods
  • 75 W. Huron Miller’s Livery Stable
  • 75 W. Huron details
    • Door on left was cut through the sandstone, it lacks wheel curbs and battered (inclined) as at the other doors.
  • 75 W. Huron
    • Ghost of the metal cornice on the chimney.
  • 243 South Elmwood
    • Formerly an equine hospital
    • Location appears to match a private barn at the rear of 141 West Chippewa St. before South Elmwood was built.
  • 117 W. Tupper
    • Flat arch over inset masonry surrounding the fanlight door & window
    • A possible conversion. 1894 atlas does not show this as a stable but the building has a characteristic façade.
  • 119 W. Tupper
    • 1894 atlas shows rear half as stable
    • What was earlier use of front half?
    • Fire house?
  • 121 W. Tupper
    • Founded in 1867, the second society in the nation.
    • Formed to protect working horses. Life expectancy of a streetcar horse was 4 years.
  • 120 W. Tupper
  • 198 Hamburg Street at Miami Street
    • Vernacular apartment over the shop and rear barn.
    • Retaining wall of the elevated DL&W railroad is alongside the barn.
  • 539 South Park
    • Formerly part of a three lot parcel. There is a door at the west end, now the property line. It likely led to a paddock for the horses.
    • Roof frame is timber trusses with steel rod tension ties rather than simple rafters.
  • Why should you save yours?
    • It is irreplaceable
    • Barns aren’t just for car storage anymore
    • Great for gardeners, kid playhouses, workshops, home offices
  • Who can help you?
    • Barn Again
    • www.barnagain.org
    • NY State Barn Coalition www.barncoalition.com
    • NYS Barn Tax Credit
    • investment tax credit, depreciable property