557 East Utica...

Last week I drew some attention to this home at 194 East Utica. My post gathered some momentum as David Steele, frequent BuffaloRising contributor and Chicago based architect contributed this moving piece about the plight of 194 East Utica which drew dozens of comments.

Well this week we have another remarkable victorian home in distress. This home at 557 East Utica, according to long term residents in the neighborhood - yes there are still people who live here and remember playing on Humboldt Parkway, before it grew and metastatized into the scar that killed the East Side - has been vacant for six years. It was home to a family for more than 60 years...until the early 90's. According to the City's site, it's gone through a few cycles of ownership and a bank forclosure since then. In 2001 the house sold for $3800.00...

If you are interested in purchasing the property, e-mail me and I'll do my best to help you reach the owner via some of the neighbors. The roof appears to be new and as you can see from one of the pics two new electrical services were installed, too.
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Just down the street from 557 East Utica is 865 Humboldt Parkway pictured here at the corner of East Utica and Humboldt. It's one of the East Side's top ten!

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DZ-E/S-N/B said...

Viewing this blog reminds me of how excellent of a resource and asset to Buffalo this site really is. I first noticed this specific house while working for habitat around the corner. My UB classmates from out of town were blown away by the architecture and character of the largely intact surrounding neighborhood(only a couple block radius in some directions.) At the time I was lamenting the lack of awareness of this and other East Side homes as well as the bleak future I perceived this house to have. Thank you for bringing it to everyones attention and hopefully it will find a deserving owner.

fixBuffalo said...


Thanks for stopping by and looking around. I appreciate the kudos.

So many amazing houses here in this part of the City.

As the barrier to entry - for blogging is so low - digital camera, keyboard - am really surprised that I am the only blogger in this part of the City as Broadway Fillmore Alive covers the Broadway Market area.

Like to know your thoughts on this...