About the Barbershop
Year Built: ca. 1898
Sponsored By: Currently Not Sponsored
Originally located on Transit Road in Swormville, NY, this building was constructed c. 1890 and was used as a barbershop and photography studio from 1900 to 1942 by Frank Reikart. The exterior and interior paint colors match the original colors of the building. Look for the fancy “gingerbread” facade and porch.
What YOUR support will do…
Although much restoration work has been completed on the building, more is needed to interpret the building accordingly. Our plan includes a new roof for the building as well as the installation of the medicinal garden to the side of the Barbershop. New interpretation panels are needed to appropriately tell the story of the building. Our staff would also like to install a number of sound and interaction components in order to enhance the visitor’s experience. One of these plans includes the installation of a flash bulb and camera so that visitors can experience sitting for a Victorian-era portrait.
The annual cost associated with the maintenance of the Barbershop, as well as desired projects needed to meet Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s goals as an educational center, is estimated at around $10,000. A five year pledge of $2,000 is needed to better care for the structure, interpret the dwelling, and align Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village with the New York State Core Curriculum for our visiting classroom students. Such supported projects will also directly increase admission numbers and help the museum become a self-sustaining center for learning and tourism.
Your support will help the highly trained staff at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village:
- Restore the roof of the entire house
- Complete work needed to maintain the building on an annual basis
- Stabilize and see to the structural needs of the building
- Install a medicinal garden to the side of the building
- Redo and add interpretation panels to the building
- Add a number of interactive components to enhance the visitor’s experience