Child & Family Services’ Richmond Lockwood mansion will begin a landmark construction project thanks to a financial boost from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. A $100,000 grant was awarded to Child & Family Services through the New York State Environmental Protection Fund to preserve portions of the landmark English Tudor mansion and prevent further deterioration to one of Buffalo’s architectural gems. Specifically, the grant will fund construction that will aid in stabilizing, repairing and rebuilding the back patio which is located off the Lockwood Library.
The magnificent library at this historic site was home to the Thomas B. Lockwood collection of rare books prior to it being donated to the University at Buffalo in 1935. Once this phase of the patio restoration is completed, Child & Family Services will open the doors of the Richmond Lockwood mansion to the public for tours, once a month. This restoration project was made possible by additional funding provided by the James H. Cummings Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Baird Foundation and the George Graham and Elizabeth Galloway Smith Foundation. The mansion is located in the heart of the Delaware Avenue Historic District and has been listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places since 1974.
“We at New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation are pleased to join with other important partners in WNY to fund this project. It is projects such as this that reminds us why the Environmental Protection Fund is so vital and how we can ensure the stability of such important places in our communities,” said NYS Parks Commissioner, Rose Harvey.
The Richmond Lockwood mansion has been a home to private residences dating back to 1888. It has also served as a Retreat House, a Seminary for Boys, and other office space for local businesses. In 1998, Child & Family Services acquired the 844 Delaware property. The facility is currently home to the agency’s Foster Care and Adoption Program, Ways to Work Loan Program and Senior Companion Program.