Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), Promendade, 1927-28; watercolor on paper, 38 1/4 x 49 1/8 inches; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Gift of A. Conger Goodyear, 1977
About Promenade by Charles Burchfield from Nancy Weekly
Thursday, January 14, 2016
On the right, as we pass the Shoreline Apartments which were designed by Paul Rudolph and built between 1971 and 1974, imagine the stately Victorian homes that appear in Promenade which once stood at this site on Niagara Street. Burchfield used the houses from this location as the backdrop for a comical episode he had witnessed on Delaware Avenue. A woman in a purple coat who was walking her small dog on a leash, would turn and stamp her feet to no avail at the free group of assorted dogs who followed them.
August 30, 2011
Notes about the house on the left and its owners were provided by Sue Carl of Williamsville, NY:
In 1903 Robert and Marie Dahlstrom bought the house at 236 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY. They lived in part of the house and Marie ran it as a boarding house for University of Buffalo and Canisius College students (who at the time were all male). (Marie’s daughters Elsie and Kathryn waited on tables and helped their mother with dishes, etc. Kathryn married one of the UB student boarders named Carl Moeschler, from Wisconsin, but he died in the house at the age of 27 because of a burst appendix. Eric moved to attend Syracuse University.)
After her husband died in 1927, Marie continued to live in the house with her youngest daughter Alice. In 1935 Alice married Alvin Wehling; they lived in Kenmore and had three daughters: Mary, Nancy and Carol. By that time, as a widow with four married children, Marie was not able to run a boarding house, so she converted it to a rooming house. While living in two large rooms on the main floor, Marie rented the other rooms to single men.