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Kelly, Col. William, House
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
N 42° 54.993 W 078° 52.391
17T E 673590 N 4753742
Quick Description: The Colonel William Kelly House is a Colonial Revival style home built for an Army engineer, located on the west side of Buffalo, NY.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 4/25/2007 5:05:01 PM
Waymark Code: WM1F8V
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member snfromky
Views: 20

Long Description:
The William Kelly House, built in 1937, is architecturally significant as an example of Colonial Revival style architecture. The significance of the Kelly House is enhanced by its setting on Tudor Place, an early 20th century residential street with other revival style houses of similar scale. Although the house is located in an area developed predominantly in the early 1900s, the area began to be settled in the 19th century. In the mid-1800s, the property was a part of the Charles F. Wadsworth Estate. During this period, many other large estates were located along West Ferry Street to the south, which was the main route to the ferry that ran from Buffalo to Fort Erie, Canada.

The original building permit, dated March 24, 1937, lists Albert Hart Hopkins as the architect, Rixon Construction Company as the contractor, and Colonel William Kelly as the owner. Subsequent owners of the house include James Soper Ely, vice-president and treasurer of the Niagara Share Corporation; Colonel Henry B. Sheets, a vice-president of Marine Trust Company; David Oliver Smith; and Frederick S. Pierce.

Colonel William Kelly graduated second in his class from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1908. As an officer in the Corps of Engineers, he supervised the construction of roads and bridges in the Philippines during the early 1900s and directed the design and construction of several seacost fortifications in the US. Upon his retirement from the Army in 1926, Kelly served as president of the Buffalo Niagara Electric Corporation until 1945. Kelly died in 1980 at the age of 103.
Street address:
36 Tudor Pl
Buffalo, NY United States

County / Borough / Parish: Erie

Year listed: 1997

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1925-1949

Historic function: Domestic: Single Dwelling

Current function: Domestic: Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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