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It’s Show (House) time!

The 2017 Show House transformed the Kevin Guest House facility.

Photo by kc kratt


Every two years, the Junior League of Buffalo and the Buffalo News present a fully decorated local mansion for the public to tour. This is a cool project for many reasons; here’s what you need to know about it:


Where: The Palmer Centennial House, as it’s known, is located at 288 Lincoln Parkway. It is the twentieth Show House since the Junior League started this project in 1981.


Who: It was designed by Ulysses G. Orr in 1910 for William Palmer, who owned multiple floral shops in Buffalo. Palmer is one of the original founders of the Florists’ Telegraph Delivery (FTD).


Style: The three-story structure is in the Arts and Crafts style. This is demonstrated by such typical features as dormers; sturdy, plain rafter details; terra cotta roof tiles; small window panes; and stucco finishing on the exterior. It should be noted that some exterior features are not original. The interior is even more representative of the style, with square-topped, square-edged newels and balustrades on staircases; wooden-column room dividers; and box-beamed ceilings. Oak, a favorite wood of this style, is used throughout the house, but it does not feature the intricate carving that might be found in a Victorian-era house.


Décor: None of the rooms were finished at presstime, but expect to see the work of at least thirty local designers, decorators, artists, landscapers, and other professionals. Kitchens and living rooms are often the must-sees for Show House attendees, but don’t overlook small rooms and even hallways for equally creative styling.


How to see it: The Show House is on view April 27–May 19, Thurs–Fri, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 6:30–8:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., noon–4 p.m. at the Palmer Centennial House (288 Lincoln Parkway)


To get tickets, click here. For more details, check jlbuffalo.org.



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