Two high-end boutique hotels will join several apartment buildings in an upcoming showcase of Buffalo residences, as the 6th annual Buffalo Living Tour offers a sneak peak this month inside the city's newest lofts, condos and hotel suites.
Besides insider looks at old commercial or school buildings that have been turned into apartments, this year's tour will feature the new Hotel Henry at the Richardson Olmsted Complex, along with the Mansion on Delaware.
The tour will take place starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 17, with participants guiding themselves or riding one of three full-size trolleys. Maps can be downloaded online or they are available from 80 downtown locations.
It will end with a happy hour on the Hotel Henry south lawn, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with craft cocktails, beer, wine, music and a special exhibit of of high-end cars from Towne Automotive Group.
“The masterpiece of Henry Hobson Richardson couldn’t be a better venue to conclude the day’s visits to other historic locations that have been given new life as cool living spaces,” said tour organizer Paul D. Maurer.
Among the stops:
- Ellicott Development Co.'s 905 Elmwood Ave., where a former gas station has been replaced by a multi-story new building with high-end apartments ranging in size from 900 to 1,900 square feet. This will be the "headquarters" for the tour.
- Iskalo Development Co.'s The Cornelius at 1391 Hertel Ave., in which the developer renovated the former St. Margaret's elementary school into apartments with luxury finishes, large windows and tall ceilings. The building is named for a creek that used to run along Hertel Avenue.
- Savarino Companies' Buffalo River Landing, at 441 Ohio St., an 80-unit apartment building along the river that was constructed on the remnants of a historic industrial freight house. The five-story, 125,000-square-foot building includes portions of the original structure, dating to 1868.
- Frizlen Group's conversion of the former St. Thomas Aquinas school at 31 Tamarack St. in South Buffalo into the School Lofts at Abbott, with 32 luxury loft apartments featuring 12-foot ceilings, large windows and historic elements such as slate blackboards.
- Buffalo Management Group's Amherst Woods at 1394 Amherst St., encompassing a group of buildings, homes and a carriage house that feature one- and two-bedroom apartments.
- Tony Kissling's 298 Main St. mid-rise building, with 24 live/work lofts and two penthouses on the top five floors, ground-floor retail space and office space in the middle.
- Glendale Development's 1217 Delaware, a high-rise building on Delaware Avenue between West Ferry Street and Lafayette Avenue, with cantilevered balconies and close proximity to Elmwood Village and Mansion Row.