Lyth Cottage...Inside...

Good news - a well qualified Buffalo resident contacted me last week and wanted to more about Lyth Cottage. He's interested in buying 16 Harwood Place from the City and making it his home. In case you missed it, here's the story behind Lyth Cottage.
16 Harwood Place - Buffalo, NY
We took a closer look Monday afternoon.
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No plumbing or electric, which you got to expect when a place has been left to rot for nine years. I was struck by the simplicity of the cottage's interior and how solid the house felt despite the years of neglect. Love the windows, especially the lower right on the second floor.

I'll keep tabs on the purchase of 16 Harwood Place in the weeks and months ahead and document the process of buying a house from this owner, the City of Buffalo.

Architecture question. What's the name of the stone, running the length of the first floor, just above the foundation? Saw the same feature on various houses later this evening on Mariner just south of Allen Street.
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Anonymous said...

The use of hollow tiles for the walls fascinates me, and makes me think that the whole thing (bricks, tiles, and decoration) was made by Lyth. I bet the hollow wall tile insulates the house. Perhaps it was a sort of demonstration, used to show potential customers how Lyth products could be put to use.

Can't wait to see the "AFTER" pics !

Thanks for sharing this with us

Unknown said...

how exquisite is that? i would be so tempted to rehab it as a virtually open plan. sigh.

also, i am scaring myself. because i got the architectural guess on my first try. It is a plinth, ordinarily seen only under a column, but definitely this is a variant of same.

and in homage to the best of synchronous occurrences, the first link i came up with when Googling to confirm the definition was this: http://ah.phpwebhosting.com/a/DCTNRY/p/plinth.html from Buffalo as an Architectural Museum.

fixBuffalo said...


Thanks for checking this out...Chuck LiChiusa who runs the site you link to and I have collaborated on a few projects...we photographed the Tour de Neglect spots and unexpectedly had a interior tour here - German Roman Catholic Orphan Home - cool place.

Looking forward to seeing your report...

fixBuffalo said...


oops...thanks for the tip...I'll check it out with Chuck...

Thoughts From The Loft said...

I hope that whoever buys the cottage gives it plenty of TLC and are also very serious about the revitalization of this once "great" neighborhood. I grew up at 1552 Jefferson Ave (right around the corner) during the 60's and 70's. I had many friends and family who lived on that block and would hate to see it be entirely decimated.