Tonawanda News

Letters to the Editor

April 12, 2007

READER LETTERS: Views published April 12



Historic NT home deserved a nod

I was pleasantly surprised a couple weeks ago to see an article in the Tonawanda News, the “Remembering Yesteryear” column, about 65 Christiana St.

To carry it a little further, we, Kelly — the Tonawanda News city editor at the time — and Carmella Simon bought the house from Judge Anthony Brick and his wife, Lois, in 1957. They bought the “Cole” house next door at 73 Christiana St., where they lived with their seven children: Dan, Anthony, Kevin, Gwilym, Brendan, Mary Lois and Regis.

“Hank” and Dolores Brick Gosch already lived on the third floor when we bought the house. Hank, who worked in the offices of Balling Bros., was a very talented carpenter and it was he who remodeled the whole third floor into a large and very unique apartment. Hank, Dolores and their daughter, Lynette, lived there until 1959.

The photo in the paper was actually a view of the right side of the house. The drawing was a better depiction, although the porches had been removed when we bought it.

The 65 Christiana St. house was one of the many beautiful old homes in the Christiana/Goundry area. It boasted marble window sills, marble thresholds, stained glass windows in the dining room and on the spacious landing on the main stairway. There was also another wide stairway in the back that led to the second and third floor.

There was a dumbwaiter in the kitchen that was converted into a small closet. We remodeled the spacious kitchen to include a dishwasher, disposal and an island. The huge breakfast room had a large bay window which looked onto the backyard. The three-car garage was converted from the carriage house.

The floor and wainscoting in the dining room were birdseye maple. The Bricks did the laborious job of bringing all the solid oak woodwork to its natural color. Most of the windows in the house were plate glass, and it was a major project to change the storm windows (more than 35) every year.

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