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Buffalo, New York


Architecture: Historic Districts

Allentown Historic District
The Allentown Historic District is located in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Allentown was established in the mid-18th century when it was known as Northampton Town. The area is one of the largest historic districts in the United States and bordered by North Street in the north, Plymouth in the west, Edward Street in the south, and Main Street in the east. The historic district is within walking distance from Downtown Buffalo, West Village, and Elmwood Village. There are more than 700 historical buildings in various architectural designs here including Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Shingle, Queen Anne, Victorian, Federal, and Colonial.

Allen Street in Allentown, Buffalo (New York State)

Allen Street in Allentown by Winston Richardson

Delaware Avenue Historic District
The Delaware Avenue Historic District is situated on the west side of Delaware Avenue, between North Street and Bryant Street. The district is occupied by several grand mansions, many built during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The area was once known as "Millionaire's Row” since many of the city’s millionaires once resided in the mansions here. During the second half of the 20th century, many families began to move away from historic district with many of the buildings turned into multiple residences or turned over to institutions. The various architectures found here include Gothic, Renaissance Revival, Colonial, and Federal.

Red Cross Building in Delaware Avenue, Buffalo (New York State)

Red Cross Building in Delaware Avenue by TonyTheTiger

West Village Historic District
The West Village Historic District is a residential neighborhood in Buffalo that has its beginnings in the 19th century. This sought after neighborhood is a short walk from the Lake Erie waterfront and the city’s downtown area. The district is bordered by Tracy Street in the north, Carolina Street in the west, Chippewa Street in the south, and South Elmwood in the east. There are about 100 historical building here, mainly single homes and apartments built from the mid-19th century to the turn of the 20th century. The district reflects architectural styles of the period including Second Empire, Gothic Revival, and Italianate.
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