Now that Hamlin Park has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places I've decided to do a short series of the history of the neighborhood. This information comes directly from the National Register nomination that Preservation Studios completed. Check back for additional installations in the series in the coming weeks.
The Hamlin Park Historic District is primarily a residential neighborhood on the east side of Buffalo, New York that is roughly bounded by Main Street to the north, Humboldt Parkway to the east, East Ferry Street to the south, and Jefferson Avenue to the west. It is currently listed as a local historic district within the same boundaries.
|1880 Landowner Map|
Many of the lots are similar in size, but vary in shape as these blocks meet the curving streets laid out by August Hager in the late 19th century. Streets within the Driving Park portion of the district (Bound by Northland, Humboldt, East Ferry, and Jefferson) represent the largest concentration of blocks designed with streetcar neighborhood uniformity and compactness in mind. This design reflects the delineation from the Romantic ideals Hager sought to illustrate with his streets in the northern portion of the district.
Most of the homes have shallow lots with small lawns in front and a planted buffer between the sidewalk and street. Open porches and/or balconies are repeated on practically every property and many homes feature a rear balcony off a second floor bedroom.
The Scajaquada Creek flows east to the west through Hamlin Park, hidden below the streets by culverts that capped it in the 1920s. Although no longer exposed, the footprint of the creek is clearly visible by the ribbon of parks on top of it. The creek enters the district at Humboldt Parkway just above Hamlin Road and turns north to Northland Avenue via Donaldson Road. From there it winds between Northland and Florida and continues west down the street before curving north, just below Beverly Road and exiting the district west of Jefferson Avenue to Forest Lawn Cemetery.