City and State: Buffalo, New York
Type of district: National Register historic district, state historic district, local historic district
Main Intersection: Allen and Delaware Streets
The Allentown Historic District includes over seven hundred buildings, most of which are residential, in a neighborhood located just north of Buffalo’s downtown business district. Allentown is named for Lewis Allen, who owned the land on which the neighborhood was developed after the Civil War. Allentown was a streetcar suburb that came into being in the years between 1850 and 1900. The houses – set on small lawns with trees – were designed in styles typical of the time, including Gothic Revival, Colonial Revival, Second Empire, Italianate, and Queen Anne. There are a handful of apartment and commercial buildings in the district as well.