TBT to when Buffalo was one of the most populous cities in America at the start of the 20th century. In the 1800 and 1900s people came from all over just to see what was poppin’ in the 716, and no doubt to check out the beautiful homes and mansions that were being built because they were on point. We’re talking gorgeous homes all over the Chapin and Lincoln Parkway neighborhood. Not only were gorgeous homes being built, but a gorgeous parkway system was also in the works by the likes of Frederick Law Olmsted aka one of America’s most famous landscape architects who created not only the Buffalo Park System but Central Park in New York City. Fetch AF.
The Twilight Tour of Homes is a super rad/also relaxed go-at-your-own-pace walking tour that gives you access to the ~glamorous~ interiors of those aforementioned historic homes located in the Chapin and Lincoln Parkway neighborhood. These insane homes designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (aka the GOAT) as grand approaches to Delaware Park are some of Buffalo’s most sought-after addresses. Built in the early half of the 1900s, the homes on these parkways display a wide variety of architectural styles both inside and out, and they all have compelling stories to tell. #LEGGO
What better way to start the summer than spending time with family and friends while learning more about our beautiful city amirite? On the Twilight Tour of Homes you’ll receive a souvenir guide booklet that will serve as your ticket and direct you to participating homes. The lovely and oh-so-knowledgeable Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site guides will be at each of the homes on the Tour, sharing details about the architecture, the unique history of these stunning homes, and of course, the omg-can-you-believe-it stories about those who have lived inside their walls.
Tickets for the Twilight Tour of Homes are available now, so get yours before they sell out (which it does *every* year!)
THE TWILIGHT TOUR OF HOMES INFO
DATE: Friday, June 16th, 2017
TIME: Starts @ 5:00 PM
WHERE: Buffalo Seminary (tour headquarters) 205 Bidwell Parkway
COSTS: $35: Advance General Sales (up through Sunday, June 11th)
$30: Advance Sales to TR Site members (up through Sunday, June 11th)
$40: All tickets, week of the tour (beginning Monday, June 12th)
$75: VIP ticket package- VIP guests will enjoy an exclusive post- tour experience with beer and wine service and hors d’oeuvres at the historic Garret Club at 91 Cleveland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222. FYI.. The Garret Club was designed by one of Buffalo’s most noted architect’s E.B. Green. Ample free parking is available at the Club off of Auburn Avenue.
FYI: Advance guide book pick up option: Your guidebook may be picked up in advance at the TR Site at 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY on the following dates:
- During the Allentown Art Festival (June 10th and 11th, noon- 5pm)
- Monday, June 12, 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
- Tuesday, June 13, 9:30 am- 7:30 pm
- Wednesday, June 14, 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
- Guides may also be picked up at Buffalo Seminary starting at 4:30 PM on Friday, June 16th
AND DON’T FORGET… Wear comfortable walking shoes & dress for the weather
In association with Western New York Heritage and with the support of the Hunt Real Estate Charitable Foundation, this event is a fundraiser to benefit the educational mission of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Foundation.