Early arrivals on Thursday are invited to cocktails and dinner in Buffalo’s great historic preservation district, Allentown. First, there will be drinks and snacks at the home of Elizabeth Licata from 4:30-6 p.m. During that time, guests are invited to visit a number of nearby Allentown gardens that will be open, including Bob Fink’s (shown above), Gretchan Grobe’s, Deborah Ellis’s, the Quaker Meeting House garden, and others. A map will be provided. Allentown’s residential side streets are lined with meticulously restored and preserved nineteenth century homes, many of which have unique gardens. There are also two quiet pocket parks, and some of the city’s best galleries and restaurants. The architectural styles include Queen Anne, Italianate, Worker’s Cottage, Gothic Cottage, Second Empire, and many others.
North Pearl Street is perhaps the most conscientious example of a prosperous Victorian residential street left in Buffalo, despite some modern changes. The homes were built for nineteenth-century Buffalo's upwardly mobile population and the structures reflect their builders’ post-Civil War prosperity. The gardens generally feature ingenious uses of small spaces and most are modeled around a courtyard/patio structure.
At 6:15, everyone will make their way to the 20th Century Club, about a block away from Elizabeth's house, for dinner at 6:30.