An outlet for material I have uncovered in a quest to document the work of architect Joseph Lyman Silsbee. In the absence of a publisher, this is an effort to present that research to a broader public.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Residence for Charles Germain
This large Shingle Style home was commissioned by lawyer Charles Germain and is located along Buffalo's "Millionaire's Row", Delaware Avenue. It is one of several opulent homes by Silsbee & Marling in this affluent section of Buffalo. It is a huge home with a brick first story and shingles on the two stories above.
Despite many alterations, the home has many decorative features intact, including bands of foliate carved wood trim and a roughcast clad cove below the front gable. The brick work and stone detailing are also exceptional.
To date, over 400 buildings by Silsbee and his firms have been uncovered yet no monograph exists cataloging his work and life. In the process of preparing a monograph on Silsbee's work, I am blogging a sampling of these structures with some information about each and its context to help organize my thoughts. Comments and additional information on buildings and clients are always appreciated.