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27-A The Buffalo Club (1993)

Narrative by - David M. Rote
(Narratives are copyrighted)

The home of Julius Movius at the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and Cary Street was the first home of the Buffalo Club, which it occupied from the time of its organization in 1867 until January 1870 when it moved to the John S. Ganson house at the northwest corner of Delaware Avenue and Chippewa Street.

Since 1887, the club has occupied the former home of Stephen Van Rensselaer Watson at 388 Delaware Avenue, built for Mr. Watson in 1870. Stephen Watson was the founder of Buffalo's street railway system and was a founding trustee of both the Manufacturers & Traders Trust Company and the old Erie Savings Bank, later the "Big E."

The chairman of a meeting called by former United States President Millard Fillmore to organize the Buffalo Club was William Dorsheimer whose nearby home at 438 Delaware Avenue was designed by renowned architect H.H. Richardson. Mr. Dorsheimer was also a member of the committee which solicited the services of Frederick Law Olmsted to design a park system for Buffalo in the 1860's during the term of Mayor William Rogers. Mr. Dorsheimer later went on to serve as lieutenant governor of New York State.

The first president of the Buffalo Club was Mr. Fillmore, who was elected as such in 1867. Many of Buffalo's distinguished citizens, including Grover Cleveland, architect E.B. Green, artist Lars G. Sellstedt, William G. Fargo of Wells, Fargo fame and Ellsworth M. Statler have been counted as members. U.S. President William Howard Taft was an honorary member until his death in 1930.

The Buffalo Club is home to a virtual art gallery of paintings and included in the collection are portraits of Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland by Lars Sellstedt and of John J. Albright by E.C. Tarbell.

Directly across the street and the vantage point from which we view the Buffalo Club is historic Trinity Church (Episcopal). The church is actually two separate structures : the original Christ Chapel designed by Arthur Gilman in 1870 and the church proper completed by Cyrus Porter in 1886. Inside are world-famous stained-glass windows by Louis Tiffany and John LaFarge. Stephen V.R. Watson was a prominent member of this church and it was through his generosity that several of the LaFarge Windows were commissioned. In fact the large window at the north altar is often called the Watson window.