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Comstock House among sites recommended as historic places

Six properties in Erie County and one in Niagara County have been recommended for the state and national registers of historic places, which would help preserve the sites for current and future generations.

In Niagara County, the Nathan Comstock Jr. House in Lockport was recommended for listing on the registers. Built in 1823, the Greek Revival-style house was constructed of Gasport limestone quarried from around the time that the Erie Canal locks were constructed. Comstock, the original owner of the house, was a founder of the Village of Lockport.

The properties are among 27 statewide that have been recommended for addition to the state and national registers by the State Board for Historic Preservation. The listing would assist the owners in accessing government funds to revitalize the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs, matching grants and rehabilitation tax credits that are available through both the state and federal governments.

The Erie County properties are:

*The Buffalo Smelting Works in Black Rock was built in 1891 and is a rare surviving example of waterfront industrial architecture. The business enjoyed nearly three decades of success in the copper smelting industry.

*The Dayton House, 243 Dearborn St. in Black Rock, is a Greek Revival and Italianate-style brick residence that was constructed around 1840, following the construction of the nearby Erie Canal. It is one of the oldest surviving residences in the neighborhood.

*The Eberz House, a nearly pristine example of a Queen Anne style home, built in 1892, which reflects the historical prosperity that existed in the Black Rock neighborhood.

*A house at 218 Dearborn St., was built around 1880 and is an example of a shotgun worker's cottage, a style that was ubiquitous in the neighborhood during the last half of the 19th century, as Black Rock became a thriving working-class community.

*The Market Square Historic District, in the heart of Black Rock, that includes an array of architectural styles from the early 19th to early 20th centuries.

*The Robert T. Coles House and Studio, 321 Humboldt Parkway, is a mid-20th century example of modern architecture.

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