Allentown is Buffalo’s oldest preservation district with some of the most unique architecture in our area. The oldest house was built in 1840. Homes range from cottage to Queen Anne to Italianate.
The central corridor is a mix of artsy shops, galleries and bars. The quirky Bohemian quality is very evident throughout the Allen Street District.
The homes are built close together with very small front yards, yet have loads of color with perennial gardens and containers galore.
There is very little room for grass yards and many gardens are gated or fenced.
Colorfully painted doors are common, just as are lively storefronts on Allen Street.
Roof lines are dramatic with mansard roofs and cupolas.
Many gateways are both welcoming and decorative.
Gates divide spaces so as to appear larger and create rooms.
Paths have arches, pergolas and arbors.
Picket fences are common also.
Make sure to stop in at Garden Walk Garden Talk tomorrow, for more of Allentown gardens. The paths through the gardens are featured in the post entitled, Garden Walk Buffalo Gardens – Allentown #4 1/2.