About the Bigelow House
Year Built: ca. 1860
Sponsored By: Currently Not Sponsored
Originally located near New and Smith Roads in Amherst, NY, this house was built between 1840 and 1857 by Henry Bigelow, one of Amherst’s early residents. The house was constructed in the “saltbox” style, named for the distinctive pitched roof that slopes from the two-story front to the single story in the back which resembled a wooden lidded box in which salt was once kept. While not common in this area, the saltbox style was prevalent in Bigelow’s New England birthplace. The interior is furnished to reflect the most probable use of the house at that time—the home of Bigelow’s farm manager.
What YOUR support will do…
Although much restoration work has been completed on the home, more is needed. Our plan includes a new roof for the building and restoration of the second floor. The long range plan for the dwelling also includes structural repairs needed on the central dormer beam as well as a multi-faceted drainage project needed to secure the windows, doors, and foundations of the structure.
The annual cost associated with the maintenance of the Bigelow House, as well as desired projects needed to meet Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village’s goals as an educational center, is estimated at around $5,000. A five year pledge of $25,000 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 house as per our Conservation Assessment Report
- Complete a drainage project needed to secure the outer structure|
- Restore the second floor interiors and furnishings