Buffalo in the ’40s: new $4,800 homes in Williamsville

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
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Pearce & Pearce built hundreds of homes across Western New York in the years leading up to World War II, and hundreds more in the area’s postwar housing boom.

Thirty homes were ready for completion in July, 1940, including in the North Union/Main, Harris Hill/Main, and Lamarck/Wehrle areas.

13 july 1940 williamsville homes
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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon is a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. writing about the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The storyteller and historian has written six books, worn bow ties since the 80s, and is the News Director at WECK Radio. A 25 year Buffalo media veteran, Steve's contributed more than 1400 Buffalo History stories to The Buffalo News, worked at WIVB-TV, Empire Sports Network, and spent ten years as a newsman and News Director at WBEN Radio. He's also put his communication skills to work as an adjunct professor, a producer of PBS documentaries, and even run for Erie County Clerk. Steve's Buffalo roots run deep: all eight of his great-grandparents called Buffalo home, with his first ancestors arriving here in 1827.