This little house on the (urban) prairie
caught my attention two years ago when I first started blogging and climbing through broken windows here in this little corner of Masten. Harwood Place is north of Ferry Street and just a few hundred feet from the Canisius College Kessler Center off Jefferson. Click on this map
and you will see Harwood Place's proximity to Hamlin Park, the East Side's most stable neighborhood - where Buffalo's Mayor, Byron Brown lives.
On Saturday, Eva Hassett shared with me her deep appreciation for some of the little gems here on the City's East Side - Coe Place & Ada Place - including 16 Harwood Place, this little house on the (urban) prairie
. I just had to take another look. So, Tuesday afternoon I pedaled over to Harwood Place and grabbed these pics...
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A quick check of City Records indicates that the City of Buffalo has owned this architectural treasure since July of 1997 and of course you wouldn't know as there is no 'for-sale' sign in sight! The adjoining lots at 12 and 20 Harwood are vacant and owned by the City, too. Right across the street is 23 Harwood
- all boarded up. Cool.
Now, for the urban soul looking for an extraordinary opportunity to participate in the revitalization of the City's near East Side...come on over and take a look. You're on the
major transit line - subway stop two blocks away at Delevan & Main - Tops Market just down the avenue and across from the new Merriweather Library
. Come on over and take a closer look...you know, deep down, that we really live in one Buffalo...not two!update
just sent me this shot...
That house is a beauty! It looks older than anything else in the neighborhood. I'm guessing it was built as a farmhouse back when the area was still mostly rural. I'm thinking 1860s-1870s. Ironically the land around the house has reverted to a historically accurate state...