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The Featured Homes and Designers

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White Gates ("The Main House")

White Gates ("The Main House")

This spectacular home, built over 100 years ago, was one of the first on the escarpment.  Colonial by design, its name is taken from the charming white wooden gates at the entrance of the property. 

With over six bedrooms, three wood burning fireplaces, a first and second floor veranda and elegant rooms, White Gates manages to capture an old world grandeur that is sorely absent from the fast paced lifestyle of today.

Located on more than an acre of land at the edge of the Niagara Falls Country Club Golf Course, the home not only has a luxurious front lawn but an incomparable view of the escarpment from the sides and rear of the house. On a clear day, one can look out the window and get a clear view of the Niagara on the Lake landscape and the skyline of Toronto.  Standing guard over this spectacular view is a 200 year old oak tree with a wing span of almost 100 feet. 

Inside, guests will climb the gracefully curving stair to peak in at a couple of the bedroom retreats. The master ensuite will enchant ticket holders with a sitting room set against a view of the village, river and farmland beyond, which appears to be a painted landscape.  Here, it is impossible to imagine a more tranquil place to observe the beginning of each new day.

The owners Bill and Barbara Vrooman are long-time Lewistonians.  Bill’s father was a trustee of Lewiston for over 40 years.  The beautiful clock in the center of the Village was a gift from the Vrooman family. 

John Taylor of Pallister House Floristry and Julie Muscato Interiors, both Lockport Main Street businesses will re-create a Christmas of the past. Walk back in time and enjoy the elegances and charm of the beautiful White Gates Manor.

Featured Designers:

Julie Muscato Interiors
80 Main Street, Suite H
Lockport, New York 14094

Pallister House Florist
41 East Avenue
Lockport, New York 14094
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The Clerk's Cottage

The Clerk's Cottage

From the front porch of his quaint cottage, one can sit back and almost feel time re-wind in the Village’s Historic District.  The Clerk’s cottage was built in the beginning of the decade that we now know as “The Gay Nineties.”   It was that same year that the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded and Benjamin Harrison was President.  This home was actually built on what is now the driveway and moved to its present location.  The original home that rested on this land was moved and is still standing on South Second Street.

Owners Anne and Bob Welch are icons in the Village of Lewiston.  Anne has served as the Lewiston Village Clerk for more than three decades and has been instrumental in Lewiston’s transformation from a sleepy bedroom community into a most sought after zip code on the WNY scene.  Her husband, Robert Hotchkiss Welch is one of the last of Lewiston’s blue bloods. He is a descendent of Judge William Hotchkiss who helped rebuild the Village of Lewiston after it was burned during the War of 1812.  Bob was also Lewiston’s Citizen of the Year in 2012.

The Welch’s three children are now grown.  Their family has expanded to include five and a half grandchildren.  To make room for their lively visits, the Clerk’s Cottage has expanded  and now includes  a large second floor bedroom that tour guests can admire.  It is appropriately named “The Nantucket Room” for its nautical décor.  The first floor bedroom has been completely renovated (by Candella Construction) to include French doors and it also comes complete with a fireplace for those chilly winter nights.  While their country kitchen has been updated with granite countertops and a serving station, it has not lost any of its old world charm.

Lisa Rizzo of Divine Designs and her sister, Lori Presti are combining their talents to add Christmas warmth and a holiday glow to this charming home.

Featured Designers:

Lori Presti
Creative Community Volunteer

Divine Designs
4566 Simmons Road
Ransomville, New York 14131

The Charming Lady

The Charming Lady

The Candella’s have transformed the ordinary into the extraordinary.  Mary Lynn is the Director of Physician and Clinical Recruitment for Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Ken is a Supervisor with the family owned business, Candella Construction Co.  A nurse by education, Mary Lynn has a passion and an eye for interior design.  Her talents are complimented by her husband’s construction expertise that can transform her visions into reality. 

The décor of their home creatively and effectively combines antique charm with Victorian influences.  Their spacious living room has plenty of natural light and comfy sofas that can be easily admired from their updated kitchen and formal dining room.  Take note of the Victorian rose glass antique chandelier that glistens over her dining room table.  It softly illuminates her tablescape inspired by her treasured china handed down from her grandmother.

Beyond the dining room, visitors will tour two sun rooms, one for the lady of the manor and one for the gentleman, each uniquely welcoming.  Just off of the kitchen is another lovely sitting room with cream upholstery and a contrast of rich dark furniture complete with a fireplace to make it even cozier.

When guests leave the Charming Lady through the back door, they will soon realize that the tour is not quite over.  Look up and you’ll see Juliette’s balcony with a hint of Christmas.  Below, where the walkway to the pool house begins, guests will warmed by an outdoor fire. Every detail of this home is deserving of a Town and Country Magazine review.

The holiday décor was inspired by a creative team that includes the homeowner, Mary Lynn, her mother-in-law, Adeline Candella of AJC Interiors, Linda Radford (wife of the famed Keith Radford) and Woodykin Creations.

Featured Designers:

Woodykins Creations
1559 Lake Road
Youngstown, New York 14174
716-754-7821 or 716-804-9742

Linda Radford ASP IAHSP
Realtor, Home Stager

AJC Interiors
Adeline Candella
(Home) 716-754-7070
(Cell) 716-523-9555

The Graystone Cottage

The Graystone Cottage

Built in 1930, Graystone has been named for its unique stone exterior.  Unfortunately, the identities of the architect, builder and stonemason who created it remain elusive.  There is no doubt that when it was built, it was the topic of local conversation.

The maintenance free exterior of the home is a perfect fit for the owner’s busy lifestyle.  Both are very involved in the Lewiston community and Bill in fact served as Mayor of the Village of Lewiston. They enjoy welcoming their children and grandchildren back home on a regular basis.

The living room’s soaring cathedral ceilings come as a lovely surprise.  The open cherry beams add to the sense of spaciousness in this beautifully designed and appointed room.  The elegant cherry wood is carried throughout the French doors, crown moldings and a balcony that overlooks the living room.

Owners Bill and Rita Geiben have been told a neighborhood story that the previous owner used the balcony and stairway as a backdrop for fashion shows with local ladies modeling the latest fashions as they descended into the living room. 

At the east end of the living room, guests will find an exquisite floor to ceiling multi-paned alcove that adds even more charm to the interior.  It is a perfect spot to enjoy a cup of the tea on a cold winter day. 

The Geibens have taken great care in choosing special colors to accent their beautiful décor.  Their special talents and taste make this lovely home interesting, both inside and out.

Buffalo based interior designer Chris Hempel of Christopher’s House has worked his holiday magic to enhance the bones of the house with his unique style and creative flare.

Featured Designer:

Christopher's House
110 Claremont Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14222

Featured Floral Designer:

Piccirillo's Florist
2508 Niagara Street
Niagara Falls, New York 14303

Featuring Le Creuset Cookware!

Le Creuset - Fashion Outlet Mall
1900 Military Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Wit's End

Wit's End

Welcome to one of Lewiston’s oldest abodes.  Local bank records show that the first mortgage to be taken out on this home was for $2000 in 1825.  At one time, a second story porch graced the west side of the house. In the late 1800’s it was used as a judge’s reviewing stand as men of the village raced their horses down Oneida Street.

Until about 1949, locals referred to it as a “shack”.  Tenants kept chickens in doors and the only heat source on cold winter days came from the stove. In 1941, Mrs. Ambolena Hooker Robillard saw this “shack” for what it might become, purchased it and enlisted George Field, a local contractor to help her modernize the house while historically maintaining its integrity.  In 1956, George’s daughter Elizabeth and her husband Art Phippen purchased the home and made further improvements to bring it up to date.  They were very careful not to make it seem more than it was, a simple country house that seemed to grow right out of the land upon which it was built.

Elizabeth eventually passed away and Art is now a resident of a local nursing home.  Dr. Jerry Andres and his wife Claudia of Youngstown recently purchased the house.  They hope to perhaps someday retire here, but for now it is enjoyed by family and friends visiting Lewiston.  They also hope to rent it as a guest house in the summer of 2014.  The Andres appreciate the historical significance of this quaint cottage and while they have made improvements, like Mrs. Robillard, they do so by keeping  historic preservation top of mind.     

It has been nearly 200 years since this home was built and yet when guests walk through the doors, two centuries ago feels like yesterday.     

Thanks to the designers from Antique to Chic with their tasteful remnants of yesteryear, together with their pre-loved and repurposed elements from their shop, will enchant guests with memories of Christmas’ past.

Featured Designer:

Antique to Chic
536 Center Street
Lewiston, New York 14092
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Supporting Cast:

A-1 Land Care Inc.
1527 Ridge Road
Lewiston, New York 14092

The Artist's Retreat

The Artist's Retreat

Tour guests will be wowed by this home away from home.  Designer extraordinaire, Artie Vanderpool has decided to decorate outside the box.  While the 1944 home that rests on this River Road property is lovely, Artie fell in love with the back barn and we are sure you will too!

When most people purchase a home, they fall in love with the house and are happy to get a barn. The gentleman of this manor fell in love with the barn and was happy to get a house.  The lady of the manor, herself a native of Lewiston, always dreamed of owning a sprawling ranch along the Niagara River and she quite frankly fell in love with both.

The homeowners are both professionals in the human services field.  The couple finds solitude and renewal in their home that is hardly visible from the well travelled road leading to Youngstown.  Both dabble in painting and have dreams of converting the barn into an artist’s studio when they retire.  Artie is very excited to transform this barn with it’s rough hewn beams, posts and ceiling and the 1,000 square feet of rustic space. It definitely spoke to his creative gene.  The blank canvas was an offer he couldn’t refuse.  For the Tour, Artie will work his magic and transform the barn into a cottage that says “Adirondack Luxe” from the minute guests step inside.

With almost six acres of land, the barn sits on what is most likely one of the largest Lewiston properties along Lower River Road.  The homeowners love to take quiet summer walks on the grounds and in the winter months, it provides a perfect place for them to cross-country ski. 

As an added attraction, tour guests will get a little nip of hot chocolate and a chance to be warmed by the outdoor fire with the wooded property as a lovely backdrop.

Featured Interior Designer:


Featured Exterior Designer:

Lockwood's Greenhouses
4484 Clark Street
Hamburg, New York 14075

Featuring Le Creuset Cookware!

Le Creuset - Fashion Outlet Mall
1900 Military Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Lewiston Region Tour of Kitchens

2013 Gold Sponsors


2013 Honorary Committee Members

  • Mr. and Mrs. Lee Simonson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard San Giacomo
  • Lewiston Village Trustee and Mrs. Bruce Sutherland
  • Gregg Marin Construction
  • Ms. Diana Decker
  • Fittante Architecture, PC
  • Lewiston Village Trustee and Mrs. Dennis Brochey
  • HAL President, Leandra Collesano
  • Lewiston Town Councilman and Mrs. Mike Marra
  • Lewiston Village Trustee and Mrs. Nicholas Conde
  • Dr. and Mrs. Domonic Falsetti
  • Bob and Anne Welch
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bill Vrooman
  • Suzanne and Harry Buckholtz
  • Lewiston Town Councilman and Mrs. Ron Winkley
  • Lewiston Village Trustee Vic Eydt
  • John and Sandy Mies
  • Susie Reinhardt
  • Frank and Joanne Collins
  • Hofert Jewelers
  • Ed and Liz Jesella
  • Lewiston Town Councilman Ernie Palmer
  • Roscetti and DeCastro Law Firm
  • Lewiston Village Mayor and Mrs. Terry Collesano
  • Towne BMW