Yellow Barn in Buffalo

There's something about barns that changes how I see things. They seem to resonate rather strongly with me. Saw this on Sunday on my way over to Koons Avenue.
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As a kid, I played in barns at summer camp and when I visit Vermont - Christmas 2006 - I stay with a friend who built her passive solar home inside an old barn. First noticed this yellow barn, while planning the Tour d'Neglect - 2006 a few years ago and promised myself I'd take a closer look. The style and design of this one structure in particular appears to echo some arts and crafts design. It appears to be in good condition. This yellow barn is located at the end of Mills Street near the intersection of Best and Genesee Streets.
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If you have any additional information about the design and who may have built this, please let me know. And if you have other Buffalo barn pix, like to know.
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Anonymous said...

119 Genesee
Circa 1870

This is a former stable, which fronts on Mills Street.

Apparently was relocated here from Humbolt Park (now MLK Park) around 1896 when the park was redesigned.

The building now sits on a concrete foundation.

It (the building) would have probably been connected to the eastern end of a long carriage shed that paralleled Best Street, south of the Parade House.

The half-timbered construction with chamfered beams is very similar to the original buildings designed by New York City architect Calvert Vaux for Buffalo's Olmstead Park System. As such, this stable is of great significance as the only original park structure to survive in Buffalo.

Anonymous said...

David, just happened to come across this post. I saw a presentation by Clint Brown (last year?) about historic resources surveying in Buffalo, and he identified this building as being a Vaux building - which would confirm what commenter Mark says.

In case you haven't come across it already, here's a link to the survey document online at:

As always, best regards and happy holidays from My Fair City to yours!