Decorators prepare historic mansion for design show

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If you’ve ever walked on Lincoln Parkway towards the Albright Knox Art Gallery or Delaware Park, you’ve probably passed by the Edward Webster home.

The 6600-square foot home was built in 1906 and has seven bedrooms, seven baths, and a carriage house in the backyard. It sits adjacent to the art gallery and overlooks several other Buffalo landmarks, including the Delaware Park Rose Garden, Hoyt Lake, and the Buffalo History Museum.

The home is on the market for an asking price of about $1.3 million, but an interested buyer would have to wait about three weeks to move in. That’s because the mansion is the setting for a western New York tradition that celebrates the area’s architectural history.

Dozens of designers are hard at work transforming the interior of the home into the 2015 Decorators’ Show House. The bi-annual event is sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and the Buffalo News. This year, more than forty designers from different design firms, schools, and other organizations divided up the spaces. Funds raised will go towards a local cultural organization to be chosen at a later date.

“This is to raise money for the community, and it’s our main fundraiser, and the decorators know it too, and that’s why they participate because we are giving back to the community,” said Decorator Chair Debi Scherer.

This is the eighteenth decorator’s show house. The event has raised more than $3.7 million in total donations.

The show opens to the public on Saturday, and tours run through May 17th. Visit the Junior League of Buffalo website for more information about times and ticket information.


This tour is 90 minutes to two hours in length.

Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather – the tour will proceed rain or shine.

Cameras are encouraged!

The tour meets at the statue of Abraham Lincoln in front of the Rose Garden in Delaware Park. Click here for a map. Abundant free street parking on Lincoln Parkway is available.

Saturday, April 25 – 10 AM

Sunday, April 26 – 2 PM

Saturday, May 2 – 10 AM

Sunday, May 3 – 2 PM

Saturday, May 9 – 10 AM

Sunday, May 10 – 2 PM

Saturday, May 16 – 10 AM

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