Building Buffalo to be Beautiful . 1897 . Green & Wicks

Building Buffalo to be Beautiful . 1897 . Green & Wicks

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William Sydney Wicks, a prominent architect and a partner of E.B. Green, built his house on the southwest corner of Jewett and Summit. The third floor of Wicks’ eclectic, Tudor-style house was designed to be a ballroom to entertain his guests. Wicks and Green ultimately designed about a dozen other houses in Parkside, as well as a number of landmark buildings in the City including the Market Arcade Building downtown, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on the west side of Delaware Park, and distinctive gold-domed Buffalo Savings Bank (now a branch of M&T Bank). That year, the bear pits were constructed at the Buffalo Zoo.

The photos shown here include the Market Arcade Building, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Savings Bank and the Parkside Community Wicks house.

Wicks was my Great Grandfather, it is sad to me that he has routinely been written out of history. This history line found on the Parkside Community website states that the architectural design work of Green & Wicks was accomplished as a firm/partnership, not as independent entities.

Of course, I like that.

(Timeline is courtesy of the Parkside Community Association website & photos are courtesy of and the Buffalo as an Architectural Museum and Buffalo rising website.)


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