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Featured home: Italian Renaissance design graces Chapin Parkway

Featured home: Italian Renaissance design graces Chapin Parkway Italian Renaissance architecture was one of the high-styles built along Chapin Parkway in the early 20th century.

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Chapin Parkway is part of Buffalo parks and parkways system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. This two-block parkway cuts diagonally through the Elmwood Historic District from Delaware Avenue at Gates Circle to Soldier’s Circle.

The divided roadway is wide — approximately 200-feet — with a grassy median and tall trees for a park-like streetscape.

Houses on the parkway date from approximately the 1890s to the early 1900s, and many feature high-style examples of Queen Anne, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival architecture. In 1901, this route led to the grand entrance of the Pan-American Exposition on Bronson Rumsey’s farmland.

After the Pan-Am, the area around “The Park” was developed with some of the city’s first subdivisions for the upper middle class of Buffalo.

At 71 Chapin Parkway, an all-brick exterior, low-pitched hip roof with ceramic tiles and wide overhanging eaves suggest Italian Renaissance architecture. Built in 1915, this 2.5-story home showcases more than 5,200 square feet of living space with spacious rooms featuring classic mouldings, high ceilings and hardwood flooring.

A side-yard entry welcomes visitors. Three steps up and “the foyer becomes a grand ‘welcoming’ room for greeting guests,” began Susan D. Lenahan, CRS, CBR, associate broker with M.J. Peterson Real Estate.

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A wide staircase, positioned above the entrance, climbs to the second level. Four tall windows on the landing level fill the foyer, staircase and upper hall with natural light.

To the right, the living room extends across the full width of the house with a fireplace anchoring a sitting area at one side of the room.

The living room extends across the full width of the house with a fireplace anchoring a sitting area at one side of the room.

The living room extends across the full width of the house with a fireplace anchoring a sitting area at one side of the room.

An enclosed porch— filled with windows — also extends across the front of the home.

Returning to the foyer, a den/library with paneled walls is to the left of the entry.

The formal dining room, also to the left, includes another fireplace.

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The wraparound kitchen is enhanced by a walk-in pantry with two walls of built-in cabinets. Adjacent to the kitchen, the mudroom includes a first-floor laundry. A second staircase — the back stairs — typically used by the serving staff, is also near the kitchen.

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The tour continues into the step-down family room that overlooks the rear yard.  Windows on two walls add more natural light and a great view of the yard. A paver patio with knee walls, an in-ground swimming pool and a child’s playhouse occupy a portion of the 100’ by 200’ lot.

The step-down family room overlooks the rear yard, a paver patio with knee walls and an in-ground swimming pool. A child’s playhouse (not shown) also occupies a portion of the 100’ by 200’ lot.

The step-down family room overlooks the rear yard, a paver patio with knee walls and an in-ground swimming pool. A child’s playhouse (not shown) also occupies a portion of the 100’ by 200’ lot.

A blacktop driveway leads to a detached two-car garage at the rear of the property.

Upstairs, four bedrooms and two bathrooms fill the second level. “The master bedroom suite features a fireplace; an adjoining sitting room leads to the master bathroom,” noted Lenahan. The central hallway — lined with storage closets and drawers — leads to three secondary bedrooms and a bathroom at the rear of the home.

“There is a finished third floor that could be an in-law suite,” she added.

The home is priced at $959,900 and is shown by appointment by calling Susie Lenahan at 864-6757.

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