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Back by Popular Demand...the Twilight Tour of Mansions
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Back by Popular Demand...the Twilight Tour of Mansions

Imagine if you will, strolling along Delaware Avenue on a balmy summer evening in the early 20th century, marveling at the palatial residences along the city’s grandest thoroughfare.  Imagine walking into these exquisite homes where the rich and famous lived during Buffalo’s glory days. Your imaginary journey can become a reality during the Twilight Tour of Mansions on Friday, June 21.

The Theodore Roosevelt Site and Preservation Buffalo Niagara are joining forces again to present this totally unique tour experience that offers a rare glimpse inside this all new array of Buffalo’s most magnificent homes. The tour is centered in the Delaware Avenue – West Ferry Street neighborhood, an area that was once home to the prestigious Albright Estate.  The palatial home and extensive property was the social hub of the city in the early 20th century.  As economic times changed, the estate was eventually reduced as tracts of land were sold off.  The area ceased to be a single estate and soon became a neighborhood with smaller, but still stately homes.  A number of these lovely homes will be featured during the Twilight Tour of Mansions.

Canisius High School at 1180 Delaware Avenue is the starting point of the one-night-only tour.  Tour participants are also invited to visit the TR Inaugural Site at 641 Delaware Avenue where a wine and cheese sampling will be offered from 6 until 8:30 pm. 

Advance sale tickets are $30 ($25 for members of either organization.) and can be purchased through June 16th.  Beginning Monday, June 17th tickets will be $35 per person. 

A special addition to this year’s Twilight Tour of Mansions is a VIP package at the historic Garret Club on Cleveland Avenue that is sure to make this memorable event and “over the top” experience.  Guests will enjoy a rare opportunity to tour the beautifully appointed structure designed by architect E.B. Green and learn the fascinating history of the Club from its modest beginning in a simple upper flat on Ashland Avenue during the early 20th century.  The name Garret Club was chosen because the original club rooms were furnished entirely from members’ attics.  The imposing home on Cleveland Avenue, built in 1929, is a striking contrast to the Club’s early days and VIP guests are sure to delight in this opportunity to step back in time to Buffalo’s golden age.  VIP guests will also enjoy the convenience of guaranteed off-street parking and preferred registration, all at the Garret Club.  It’s location in the center of the tour route allows easy access to all the tour locations.  A tempting array of the Garret Club’s signature hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine service set the tone for the perfect pre-tour experience.  Cost for the VIP ticket package is $65 per person.

For standard or VIP tickets please visit p-b-n.org or call (716) 884-0095.

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