John Esser House


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Photos: 2010 Arch. Hist. Survey, Susan Cholewa, Joseph Galvin


81 Amherst Street, Buffalo NY 14207
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Adjacent to Saint John's United Church of Christ.


Victoria C. Armstrong

Physical Description

From Architectural History Survey: "2-story frame front-gabled vernacular Victorian house with Eastlake details. Although vinyl sided, building retains elaborate porch, pedimented window surrounds and bracketed eaves."

Current Condition

Demolished July 23, 2013.


  • Built circa 1887 for John Esser
    • The year he built his house, Esser was Erie County Treasurer, President of the Black Rock Business Menís Association, a partner in the Banner Milling Company, and creator of the first development company in the area, the Black Rock Land Company. Esser Ave., Angus St., Roesch Ave., and Ullman St. in Riverside are named after him and his Land Co. investors. courtesy Fred Schrock

Recent Events and Actions Taken

  • Some elements of the front porch and front facade were salvaged and installed at 461 Massachusetts Avenue.
  • Damaged by fire July 14, 2013; Fire Department requested an emergency demolition.

Other Pertinent Facts

2013 - Porch repurposed on 461 Massachusetts Avenue


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Added 2013-07-16 • Last changed 2014-12-11