794 Potomac Local Landmark Application
April 14, 2017
Members of PBN have been working together with the owner's team to come up with a development scheme for the historic property at 794 Potomac Avenue, which is presently before Common Council for landmarking. The house, built between 1866 and 1872, is one of the oldest in the Elmwood Village area and was built for the Rev. Dr. John Chase Lord and his wife Mary E. Lord, who was daughter of Dr. Ebenezer Johnson, the first mayor of Buffalo, and an early and staunch animal rights activist. Dr. Lord was a nationally known clergyman, and pastor of Central Presbyterian Church for 38 years. A number of tenants lived in the hosue at 794 Potomac, perhaps the most interesting being Artis and Kathryn Smith, a couple deeply engaged in the cultural life of the city. Artis was the film critic for the Buffalo News for many years, and famous actress Talullah Bankhead visited the family for dinner at 794 during one of her visits to Buffalo in 1940.
Read the local landmark application here! If you would like to express your support for landmarking this rare survival, please contact your Councilmember, and if you live outside the city you can still express your support by writing to Councilmember Joel Feroleto, whose district includes 794 Potomac, at firstname.lastname@example.org and Council President Darius Pridgen at email@example.com Thank you!