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July 15, 2012

Kenmore residence an art deco one-of-a-kind



While much of the interior of the building has changed over the years, Auerbach said she kept the exterior untouched apart from reconstructing the front steps and porch because of deterioration over the years.

Most of the art deco features of the building are found on the facade, which is constructed with varying elevations and recesses, called a setback.

“The emphasis was very clearly on the front elevation of the house. The side elevations are more utilitarian ... less highly designed,” Walkowski said. “The parapet it’s definitely a simplified art deco building as compared to (Lyman’s) other buildings.”

“One of the hallmarks of art deco buildings is what’s called a setback, or the tiered sillhouette. Buffalo City Hall a perfect example ... as the building gets higher, the floor space is reduced and this a nod to that sort of profile.”

Designers of art deco buildings show a great attention to decoration, and while 33 Delaware doesn’t have quite the ornamentation seen in the Niagara Mohawk building’s large “Spirit of Light” figure, there are little details that harken to the style in the facade’s subtle outcroppings and recesses, for example, or the overlapping geometric lines on the ceiling of the living room.

“You want something modern and something appropriate for the mission, which is a doctor’s office,” Adamczyk said. “I think they did a fine job.”

“It beautifully compliments the Municipal Building.”

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