Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Study for Street Scene, c.1940; graphite on paper, 17 1/2 x 37 1/4 inches (Frame: 23 1/2 x 40 1/8 inches); Gift of the Burchfield Foundation, 1975
Buildings on Genesee Street between Oak and Ellicott Streets, by Chippewa Street, Buffalo
Street Scene depicts trade and commerce buildings on Genesee Street, including the Giesser Building at #99 and the Werner Photography Building at #101-103. The large scissors sign illustrates that owner Gabriel Giesser sold knives, cutlery, and barber and butcher supplies. Architect Richard A. Waite designed the mixed use commercial and residential building for Mr. Giesser’s wife, Frederike, in 1895. Albert L. Werner was the earliest tenant of the photography building that has a distinctive two-story convex skylight on its north façade to provide natural daylight in the studio.