Spotlight Tour: Cornell Mansion

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday, October 21 – 6 PM

Saturday, October 21 – 7:30 PM




General Admission: $30
Explorer Pass Admission: $25

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Join us on October 21 to tour the Cornell Mansion, one of the many beautiful homes on Delaware Avenue, the Grand Avenue of Buffalo’s gilded age. The home was built in 1894 for S. Douglas Cornell, an eighth generation descendant of Cornells who came to America in the 1630s. S. Douglas was a member of the Buffalo Amateurs and loved to stage theatrical performances. He created a theater in the top floor of the mansion and his granddaughter, Katharine Cornell, developed her passion for the stage from watching these productions. Katharine garnered the designation as “First Lady of the Theatre.” The current owner, attorney Tom Eoannou, purchased the home in 1993 and has been lovingly restoring it.

To top the tour, the top floor “theater” will be used as a stage for the first time in many years following its recent restoration. The conclusion of the tour will feature Vincent O’Neill, acclaimed co-founder and Artistic Director of the Irish Classical Theatre, performing selected readings in the Cornell Mansion theater. This is a special opportunity that is not to be missed!

Meet at the Cornell Mansion at 484 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202. Street parking is available along Delaware Avenue, which is free on weekends.

Tour Details: 

  • Space on this tour is limited, and reservations are required.
  • This tour will be approximately ninety minutes in length.
  • There will be two tour times offered on October 21: 6 PM & 7:30 PM.
  • Interior photography is allowed.