414 Delaware Ave.
Hours: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (NO VIP Access at 9am)
Last Admittance: 4:00 pm
Photography and filming allowed
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Public restrooms: Yes
Offering: Guided tours; Self-guided tours
Visitor Experience: Visitors will be greeted by Mansion Butlers who will provide a details history of the building and a tour of the property. Visitors will also be free to explore our public areas such as the garden, the Red Salon, Fireside Salon, Grand Ballroom and Hugo Salon on their own.
Building Description: The Mansion on Delaware is a Second Empire style building. The original architect was George M. Allison and it was commissioned by Charles F. Sternberg. Construction on the Mansion was completed in 1869, shortly after Sternberg’s death.
At the time of completion, Delaware Avenue was known as “Millionaires Row” and was nestled in the heart of it. After the Sternberg family moved on, only a few other tenants (William H. Gratwick & Civil War Colonel John Condit Smith) used it as a private home. In 1901 the property completed its first major renovation when Samuel Curtis Trubee built an annex and converted the home into a 100-room hotel which boasted the most expensive rates in the city at a whopping $3 a night! After that, the Mansion has experienced a plethora of reinventions as an artist’s bodega, apartment complex, a (rumored) bordello, a memorial home and Victor Hugo’s Wine Cellar & French Cuisine restaurant which closed in the 1970s.
After resting in disrepair for nearly 3 decades, the Mansion was purchased by InnVest Lodging Services and in 2001 was reborn as Buffalo’s first 4 Diamond luxury hotel. Many of the building’s original features are still in tact including stairways, banisters, wrought iron cresting, Corinthian columns, hooded windows, gargoyles, 12-foot bay windows, ceiling scones, pocket doors, fireplaces and fully restored hand carved black walnut work. The Premium Grant classrooms & suites all feature some aesthetic features of the original property and some rooms still exist as they did 150 years ago (with some fresh paint & linens of course!) The Mansion on Delaware Ave is a perfect blend of modern luxury and old world beauty.