Description: Kathryn Lawrence's Tea Room Dining Rooms Restaurant Creamer Buffalo New York
Condition: No chips, cracks, crazing or repairs
Marks: Impressed 48 - Syracuse China
Size: 3" H x 3.75" diameter including handle
History for the Preservationist: In 1938, the former Wilcox house located at 641 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo New York was leased to Oliver and Kathryn Lawrence for use as a restaurant. The Lawrences extensively remodeled, removing many walls and architectural features. Using a presidential theme, the Lawrences displayed flags and hung pictures of Theodore Roosevelt memorabilia throughout the dining rooms. For more than twenty years Kathryn Lawrence’s Dining Rooms ranked among the most popular restaurants and banquet facilities in Buffalo. By 1959, a changing society, a shift from residential to commercial properties on Delaware Avenue, and the death of Kathryn Lawrence forced the restaurant to close.
The Wilcox house has a storied past. In 1837 during a diplomatic crisis between the US, Britain and anti-British Canadian rebels known as the Caroline Affair, the US government built an Army post in Buffalo to help protect the border. The first presidential visitor – President Van Buren – was there to dedicate the barracks on May 6, 1839. Future President Zachary Taylor visited the Buffalo Barracks in 1840 – his daughter was the wife of the post surgeon. They lived in the house that became the Wilcox Mansion. Jefferson Davis, future president of the Confederacy, was stationed at the Buffalo Barracks during his time serving in the Union Army.
Four years after Buffalo Barracks opened, construction began on the more strategically located Fort Porter. The Buffalo Barracks were dismantled, except for one building – the home of the commanding officer and post surgeon.
The property once occupied by the Buffalo Barracks was subdivided and sold in the mid-1840s. Former Buffalo mayor Joseph Masten purchased the property in 1847 and lived there with his family for ten years. Attorney Albert P. Laning, who served in both the New York State Assembly and Senate, purchased the house in 1863. Shortly after Laning’s death in 1880, the house was once again sold. In 1883, Dexter Rumsey purchased the house as a wedding gift for his daughter, Mary Grace, upon her marriage to Ansley Wilcox, a young Buffalo lawyer. The property became known as the Wilcox house.
On September 6, 1901 Vice President Teddy Roosevelt had been at a luncheon of the Vermont Fish and Game League on Lake Champlain when he learned the news that McKinley had been shot. He rushed to Buffalo, but after being assured the president would recover, he went on a planned family camping and hiking trip to Mount Marcy in the Adirondacks. A week after the shooting, on the mountains, a runner notified him McKinley was on his death bed. Roosevelt pondered with his wife, Edith, how best to respond, not wanting to show up in Buffalo and wait on McKinley's death. Roosevelt was rushed by a series of stagecoaches to North Creek train station. At the station, Roosevelt was handed a telegram that said President McKinley died at 2:15 (September 14) that morning. The new president continued by train from North Creek to Buffalo. He arrived in Buffalo later that morning, accepting an invitation to stay at the home of Ansley Wilcox, a prominent lawyer and friend since the early 1880s when they had both worked closely with then-New York Governor Grover Cleveland on civil service reform.
At 3:00 PM on the afternoon of September 14, several members of President McKinley's cabinet arrived at the Wilcox house (now known as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site). With them were Judge Hazel, Judge Albert Haight of the New York Court of Appeals, and United States Senator from New York Chauncey Depew, among others. Then, when asked whether he was ready to take the oath, he answered, "I will take the oath. And in this hour of deep and terrible national bereavement, I wish to state that it shall be my aim to continue, absolutely without variance, the policy of President McKinley, for the peace and honor of our beloved country." After his response, Judge Hazel administered the oath.
The Wilcox family made 641 Delaware Avenue their home from 1883 to 1933. Ansley Wilcox and his wife died in the early 1930s, leaving the house vacant. After family members removed the items they wanted to keep, the remainder of the furnishings were sold at auction in 1935.
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