Raise your hand if you’re obsessed with taking a look inside historic homes, expensive mansions, and/or architectural dream houses? Oh okay, so everyone? That’s what we thought. Here’s your chance to peek inside every nook and cranny of Inn Buffalo off Elmwood AKA the Hewitt Mansion located in the Elmwood Village.
Current owners Joe and Ellen Letteri purchased the Hewitt Mansion in 2011. They spent 4 years restoring it back to its original glory and saved upwards of 95% of the original footprint. It now functions as the Inn Buffalo Off Elmwood, a boutique hotel on Lafayette Avenue. Head over to Buffalo Homes and read their full article about the history and restoration with 30+ photos.
Huge stained glass windows draw attention and let lots of light into the second floor balcony. This is what guests would be greeted by as they leave their rooms in the morning to head downstairs for breakfast.
Fully tiled bathrooms add to the experience for guests. While many would choose to upgrade the bathrooms and replace older pieces, the Letteri’s did something even better. It’s not often that you can walk into a bathroom that functions as one should, yet looks like it’s from 1900.
The original thermostats are still in place all around the house. It’s the small details like this that really impress. Restoration can sometimes overlook the small details in order to preserve the larger footprint, but not in this case.
A sprawling staircase leads to the same stained glass seen from the second floor. Oak, mahogany, and cherry woodwork run throughout the entire house and are especially present surrounding the main staircase.
The extremely comfy living room features original canvas art and beautiful ceiling hardwood accents.
The room was restored as much as it possibly could be to reveal the hardwood ceiling and original art. Much of the original detail was uncovered when the existing paint was slowly stripped off.
In the kitchen you’ll find a one-of-a-kind, custom built, stove hood with nickel plated accents designed by John Jewett, the founder of Buffalo’s famous Jewett Refrigerator Company who made the piece for Herbert Hewitt.
Walking down the stairs to the basement and into the billiards room is like stepping directly into the past. Tiled mosaics that were uncovered and cleaned up in the restoration process surround the entire room. All the mosaics depict boats coming into ports in some form or another. Although the original artist is unknown, a clear theme was left behind.
One of the guest rooms contain incredible hardwood arches which frame the fireplace and create extra room. Under one arch you find a desk and work place while the other encloses the heater.
The gold leaf ceiling that was uncovered during the restoration process is an excellent example of why restoration should not be rushed. It would have been easy to throw some paint on what was already there and move on to the next project, but instead, they chose to uncover what was underneath.