Inside the Pink House (Part 4):
Actually going OUTSIDE the Pink House for this one. The 1866 Pink House in Wellsville, NY in Allegany County is not the only pink structure on the grounds there—far from it. Behind the home is a set of outbuildings led by the old carriage house where Edwin Bradford Hall would store his horses, carriages. That building has served as an apartment for the caretaker of the property for years.
The last image here is what is known as the “Fossil House”. E.B. Hall had an extensive collection of fossils (over 5500 catalogued) and researched them greatly, especially in his later years. Some of his astonishing collection dated back 300,000,000 years—a collection SO good, it took first place in the Pan American Exhibition in Buffalo in 1901. Upon Hall’s death in 1908, much of the collection was donated to various institutions. He was a self-styled man with eclectic interests and tastes, for sure.
For now, this concludes Phase I of my documentation of the “Pink House”. At some point, I hope to return to see the second floor rooms, as well as the stunning tower. Enormous thank you to Kristy and Jay Woelfel, the owners, for inviting me down to Wellsville to tell this story here. There’s no house like it, anywhere. It will remain in good hands for many years to come.
As noted all week, I’ve included a wintry image of the pink house in my upcoming 2022 New York Scenes Calendar. A large portion of our pre-order proceeds are going to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (participating NYS affiliates)—we have already raised close to $10,000. The pre-order link is right here: bit.ly/3vuTNQ7. I’ll sign each calendar, they will ship in early November. Thank you to all who have supported this project!
Thank You to Alco Federal Credit Union for Sponsoring this final edition of Kucko’s fine presentation.