Hello! My name is Katy and on March 23rd my boyfriend Dan and I bought a sweet little brick cottage in downtown Buffalo, NY. This little brick cottage:
Meet Little Red, a handsome 1080 sq. ft. 1870s worker cottage. The story of this house is a tough, but common, one for Buffalo’s historic homes. I will post more on the longer history of this house later, but Little Red was once one of a dozen cottages on this street. Now it is the last little cottage here.
The second half of the 20th century was not kind to Milnor Street. In 1959, the neighborhood was mostly complete. But urban renewal took it’s toll, and by the early 2000s, Red and a sister cottage next door were all that remained on the block.
In 2007, the city of Buffalo assumed ownership and added it to their Homestead program, also known as the Dollar Houses. A young couple purchased the house in 2010 and set about stabilizing and restoring the building. The sister cottage next door couldn’t be salvaged, and was demolished shortly after the sale.
Dan and I purchased Little Red from this couple. The previous owners did a tremendous amount of work on the house, including a new metal roof, full insulation, new electrical hookups, and dozens of other stabilizing improvements to the masonry and grounds, but felt it was time to pass the baton. As it stands now, the house has no central heating, a half bath, no kitchen, no stairs, and is wired in only two rooms. Over the next few years, Dan and I will be rehabbing Little Red ourselves, and I will post regular updates here so you can see the progress. Won’t you join us on the journey?