Oh, to go back in time to the millinery district in Buffalo, a bustling part of the city in the early 1900s when manufacturers worked day and night to meet the demands of fashionable men and women who wouldn’t dream of stepping out without donning a hat.
What is that elusive trait that transforms a house into a home? For Kerry and Paulette Kyle, the distinction comes from an emotional connection. But the Kyles’ journey to finding their slice of house heaven demanded an emotional investment; a balanced portfolio of time and attention.
It was 1924, the apex of the Roaring Twenties, when Hotel Syracuse first opened its doors at the corner of East Onondaga and South Warren Streets. Despite Prohibition, the economy was booming; and the 11-story, solid brick behemoth was a veritable hub of activity.
In Buffalo, New York, a stately, old Queen Anne Victorian proudly sits as a statement of elegant formality from another era. Built in the late 1800s, the regal home was converted into a duplex in 1902. The current homeowner, a Buffalo real estate broker, purchased it in 1978.
Tucked against the shore of Canandaigua Lake is a tribute to excellence. It is a home where every detail – trims, cornices, columns, millwork, moldings, stonework, paneling, beams, fixtures, flooring – is superlative in functionality and good taste.