Katharine Cornell - Table of Contents

Katharine Cornell
"The First Lady of American Theater"
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174 Mariner St.

174 Mariner St.

174 Mariner St.

174 Mariner St.

 

Katherine's family lived at 174 Mariner St.

Queen Anne feature: asymmetrical fa鏰de

 


Oval window with simple tracery

Queen Anne features:



Pedimented dormer

Pedimented dormer

Rectangular windows originally were rounded at top

 

 

Katherine's grandfather, S. Douglas Cornell, whose attic theater productions influenced the young child

Katherine's grandfather's house at 484 Delaware Avenue featured an attic theater

Audition print taken by Buffalo photographer Howard Beach on display outside Katherine Cornell Theater at SUNY at Buffalo in 2003

Audition print by Howard Beach

Audition print by Howard Beach

Audition print by Howard Beach

Photo by Yousuf Karsh


On display at SUNY at Buffalo in 2003

On display at SUNY at Buffalo in 2003

     

On display at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in 2005

 

 
       

Buffalo Studio Club parlor theater
508 Franklin St.

508 Franklin St.

508 Franklin St.

508 Franklin St.

Katherine performed at the Buffalo Studio Club parlor theater at 508 Franklin St., in which the proscenium arch from the original stage still stands in the living room

Note flat headed stone lintels and sills


Flat headed stone lintel over entrance

Detail from previous photo: wooden panels

Flat headed stone lintels and sills ... 6 over 6 lights

Italianate brackets supporting overhanging eaves ... Dentil molding

Wall encloses Twentieth Century Club garden

508 Franklin is the house in which Katharine Cornell "performed as a girl, along with a number of enthusiastic Allentown amateurs, including civic leader Olive Williams. The proscenium arch from the original stage still stands in the living room." -- "A Field Guide to the Architecture and History of Allentown," 1987

"Stop at No. 508 FranklIn, the house in which the venerated actress Katharine Cornell performed as a girl, along with a number of enthusiastic Allentown amateurs, including civic leader Olive Williams. The proscenium arch from the original stage still stands in the living room of this Early Tuscan Villa, built in 1870. An original board-and-batten carriage house still exists on the rear of the property. At this point it must seem that the “handful” of Italian villas built in Buffalo were all built on Franklin Street, and that is very nearly true." - Allentown Association: Franklin Street (online October 2015)


Photos and their arrangement ?2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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