BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The mansions along Millionaire’s Row in North Buffalo don’t change hands often. But at the home on the corner of Delaware and Auburn Avenues, the new owners are celebrating their first Christmas here.
“I gotta tell ya. We smile every day that we come into work,” Attorney Marc Panepinto told News 4. Famed architect E.B. Green designed it 1915 for a member of the powerful Foreman Oil family. One hundred years later, the employees of Dolce Panepinto call this their office.
“You live in Buffalo, you drive down Delaware Avenue, you see the iconic mansions, and you always think, I wish I could own something like that,” Panepinto explained.
The partners at the law firm bought the mansion for $1.2 million dollars in the spring. The renovations cost $400,000.”
“Every surface in the room has been painted, every floor has a new carpet. Every marble floor has been refinished,” Panepinto said.
Take a walk through the home’s 37 rooms, and you’re reminded how Buffalo’s elite lived a century ago. There are wide marble staircases connecting floors, and an old fashioned sauna in the master bathroom. In the basement, the original owners built a speak easy where they entertained guests during prohibition.
As Panepinto, or “Santapinto” as his staff calls him this time of year, takes in the way the building looks all decked out for the holidays, he takes pride in the role they’ve played in reviving a piece of Buffalo history.
“It’s just been an amazing sort of transformation to bring the house back to the luster that it really didn’t have for the last ten or twenty years,” he said.