Eliza Quirk House

72 Sycamore


Event Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Last Admittance: 3:45pm
Photography and filming permitted; Tripod prohibited
Handicap accessible: No
Public restrooms: No
Masks required when inside of the building.

Building capacity: 10 visitors at a time.

Visitor Experience: Come take a look inside 72 Sycamore also known as the Eliza Quirk Boarding House. Visitors will be permitted to take a look inside the building, which is currently awaiting construction, and view mockups of the building’s future.

Building Description: The Eliza Quirk Boarding House (72 Sycamore), located on the edge of downtown and the East Side of Buffalo in Erie County, is a pre-Civil War boarding house designed and constructed circa 1848 for its original owner, Eliza Quirk, a well-known courtesan, who occupied the building until her death in 1868. The structure s a simple, red brick vernacular townhouse style that represents a typical pre-Civil War design signifying its residential use. While the architect (if any) is unknown, the boarding house appears to have been built as both Ms. Quirk’s primary residence and a boarding house with likely additional use as a brothel throughout this period. It is one of the few remaining intact boarding houses and pre-Civil War buildings in downtown. The building was gifted to Preservation Buffalo Niagara in 2019.