Automobile Club of Buffalo Ellsworth Statler Residence Edward Webster Residence
John Sinclair Residence John Sinclair Bungalow  
The delightful symplicity [sic] of the Old Mission architecture has been maintained in the planning of the building, a spacious, rambling bungalow. The first impression that the motorist receives as he turns into the grounds is of the broad eaves, roomy verandas with their easy wicker chairs, inviting nooks and restful corners, all soliciting investigation. The soft gray stucco walls against the dark-green of the trees are in such perfect harmony with the environment as to seem a part of it. The Buffalo Motorist, April 1911

Hauser Bob, photographer. c. 1915
The Automobile Club’s country home reflects a period when self-propelled vehicles were
largely playthings of the wealthy. The clubhouse was 17 miles from the city, then a
considerable distance, making it accessible only by automobile.

The dramatic two-story main room featured exposed structural supports and a clock on the stairway landing made by club member Charles Rohlfs. The Town of Clarence now owns the clubhouse.

The [main] room is finished in weathered oak – unpolished – and showing its natural, beautiful grain. Vaulted ceilings give an historic touch to the apartment, one of medieval romance, recalling ancestral halls of the old barons who gathered their friends together and made merry over the flowing bowl of mead. The austerity of the Old Mission style is softened in this beautiful room in the country home by the dark, rich draperies that fall in rich folds from archways, windows and entries. The Buffalo Motorist, April 1911

Statler’s home was a large Arts and Crafts design that incorporated Art Nouveau details. Although from Soldiers Place the lot appeared to be a standard size, there were extensive grounds along Bird and Windsor Avenues, surrounded by an Art Nouveau fence. All the structures featured a rolled-edge roof, intended to evoke a thatched roof. The complex was demolished in 1938 due to high property taxes. After World War II, three small houses were built on the property.


Fence Detail, Statler Estate. Martin Wachadlo, photographer. 2002

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