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Decorators’ Show House 2011

Written by Jane Trabert Schmitt
Imagery by Acorn Studios

The Bayliss-Oshei Residence

The Junior League of Buffalo took visitors back in time to the architectural splendor of a Tudor-style home built in 1935 in Buffalo’s Central Park community.

Spring 2011 saw the 16th Decorators’ Show House at the Bayliss-Oshei residence, a stately, three-story structure at 360 Depew Avenue that boasts a rich gumwood interior. “It’s a beautiful, beautiful house and was just an absolute pleasure to work with,” says Junior League of Buffalo President Julie Warman. “We always try to find homes that have architectural interest, historic interest and a lovely outdoor space as well, and this was a perfect house. It was very well-maintained over the years. The woodwork was absolutely beautiful and the house featured a lot of the original architecture.”

An impressive roster of 35 designers swept in to transform the longtime home of a prominent Buffalo family into a treasure that mixed traditional with contemporary, all for the viewing pleasure of visitors from April 30 to May 22.

Rooms and spaces celebrated the artistry of the original architect, Harvey Staring Horton, a one-time president of the American Institute of Architects’ Buffalo chapter.

For 2011, however, they took on a new expression, courtesy of the designers, who donated their time and talent to the delight of event Chairwoman Astrid Willis. The Bayliss-Oshei residence – with its wonderful assortment of alcoves in the living room, pointed arched doorways, detailed tile accents and leaded windows – also featured a tile roof and copper gutters. In the vestibule, meanwhile, were portions of the original terra cotta floor.

“This has always been a beautifully kept home,” Warman  adds. “You really get a sense of that time in history just by walking in the door.”

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