The Spencer S. Kingsley House Restoration

Private Investment in the Historic Linwood Historic District

References

  • Contact: Timothy George, TDCC Development, 760 Northland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14211, 716-821-1391
  • Reviewers: National Park Service, New York State Historic Preservation Office, City of Buffalo Preservation Board

Scope of Project

  • Architectural Services
  • Historic Building Code Compliance
  • Historic Preservation Tax Credit Application

Key Personnel

  • Clinton E. Brown, FAIA, President
  • Lindsay Brownschidle, Architect (former)
  • Jill Nowicki, Historic Preservation Specialist

Project News

Our client and his project was recently featured in Buffalo Spree magazine as a lead in to the historic neighborhood bi-annual historic houses tour.

cbca-spencer-kingsley-368-linwoodThe charming 2 ½-story, Queen Anne-styled house at 368 Linwood Avenue was designed for the Spencer S. Kingsley family by the Buffalo architecture firm Marling & Burdett around 1890, but had suffered terribly over the years, as apartments, as a rooming house and as an all-but-abandoned wreck despite its prime location in one of Buffalo’s premier historic districts.

CBCA worked with several prospective buyers until white knight Timothy George arrived to purchase and rehabilitate the building and its garage into market rate apartments, much to the neighborhood’s delight. A successful HVAC contractor, Mr. George found this an ideal retirement project for his skills and those of other skilled trades people with whom he has worked over the years. CBCA performed full historic preservation and architectural services as part of the team, obtaining necessary approvals of the substantial rehabilitation that qualifies for the State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs for a combined 40% tax credit and other incentives.

Spencer S. Kingsley was a Buffalo native who entered into a successful book business with Otto Ulbrich. When the entire stock of Ulbrich & Kinglsey was lost in an 1887 fire, Kingsley entered the real estate business with Russell S. Potter. It was during this time that 368 Linwood was constructed.

Thanks to Mr. George’s sensitive and cost effective rehabilitation, this historic mansion will continue to provide charming and commodious accommodation for its residents and contribute to the Historic District for another 100+ years.