Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families, Second Indexed Edition


A second, indexed edition by Edward T. Dunn

618 pages (softcover)

With a robust, four-part, 32-page Index by Buffalo History Museum Assistant Librarian Amy Miller and an Introduction to the Second Edition by Buffalo History Museum Research Librarian Cynthia Van Ness, there is finally excellent access to this encyclopedic book’s amazing contents, street by street, family by family.

The decades between the Mexican War and the beginning of World War I revolutionized America’s cities. Industrial prosperity produced an astonishing proliferation of capitalists and industrialists positioned to garner a disproportionate share of the profits. These noveau riches erected magnificent mansions, creating aristocratic residential thoroughfares in cities like Chicago, Boston and Buffalo, of which Delaware Avenue was surely among the most magnificent. Classic Delaware Avenue ran two and a quarter miles, from Niagara Square to Chapin – now Gates – Circle. Four generations of inter-Avenue marriages created a closely knit, complicated cousinry. Encyclopedic in scope, Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families is an immense book of facts that covers Buffalo’s grandest Avenue.

Discover the tales behind these mansions and their illustrious families.

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About the authors…

Edward T. Dunn was born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1925, where he attended parochial grammar and high school before entering the Society of Jesus in the summer of 1943. After college at Woodstock, Maryland, he taught Latin, English and German at Regis High School in New York City from 1950 to 1953, returning to Woodstock to study theology. Ordained in 1956, he came to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, in 1958, where he taught religion, moderated the Little Theatre, and earned a Masters degree in History in 1964. He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of rochester in 1969. At Canisius College, Father Dunn taught courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Federalist Era, the Age of Jackson, America between the Civil war and World War I, and American Railroads. He wrote A History of Railroads in Western New York and History of the Park Club, among other books, as well as many articles. He retired from teaching in 1991, but continued to gold, ride his bicycle and cheer on the Buffalo Bills until his death in 2013.

Cynthia Van Ness earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from SUNY/Empire State College and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Buffalo. Her first job upon receiving her graduate degree was at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, where she worked for thirteen years. Half of those years were in the Grosvenor Room, the local history and genealogy collection, where she developed research and reference expertise in the people, places, things and history of Buffalo. She was appointed Director of Library & Archives at the Buffalo History Museum in October, 2007. On her own time, she is the author of Victorian Buffalo (1999), Quotable Buffalo (2011), and the creator of BuffaloResearch.com, a guide to researching ancestors, buildings, and companies in Buffalo.

Amy Miller currently works at the Buffalo History Museum Research Library as the Assistant Librarian and Archivist and is a part-time professor at University of Buffalo. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Buffalo in December, 2011 and an Advanced Certificate in Library and Information Science in December, 2014.

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Weight 3.6 lbs

1 review for Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families, Second Indexed Edition

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    “I bought this book as a Christmas present for my Dad when it first came out and he loved it! When he passed away in 2009 it became mine and I really love it. It is always a favorite of guests when they come to my house too. The very best thing is going to one of the mansions and upon my return home looking up the history of the mansion I had just visited. This is a must have for anyone who loves Buffalo, NY history!” –Amazon reviewer

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