Dorsheimer House


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438 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo NY 14202
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SBL Number: 111.22-10-3
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Next to: Ramsdell House and Robert B. Adam House


  • 438 Delaware RE LLC

Physical Description

Three-story red brick and sandstone house with mansard roof. Designed with French Louis XIII influences that architect Richardson brought back from his recent studies in Paris.

Current Condition

Restored and in use.


  • An early commission by noted architect Henry Hobson Richardson.
  • From Wikipedia: "It was designed and built starting in 1868 by Henry Hobson Richardson (18381886) for William Dorsheimer (18321888), prominent local lawyer and Lieutenant Governor of New York. It is a two-and-a-half-story brick dwelling and represents the profound influence of French ideas on the arts in the post Civil War period."
  • Buffalo AH: "It was in this house that Dorsheimer, Pratt, and other Buffalo parks commissioners first met with the great American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to plan a park system for the city."

Recent Events and Actions Taken

Other Pertinent Facts

  • Part of the Allentown Historic Preservation District
  • Mansion is a Buffalo Local Landmark
  • Mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places


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Added 2013-08-27 • Last changed 2021-10-02