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The City of Rochester has the fifth oldest housing stock in the nation, following Boston, Providence, Buffalo, and New York City. 28.8% of our housing was built before 1940, with a high of over 58.1% in the municipal core.1 This page celebrates the wonderful historic character of our urban homes.

      1. 19th Ward
      2. Alexander Neighborhood
      3. Cobbs Hill Neighborhood
      4. Corn Hill
      5. East Avenue Historic District
      6. Grove Place
      7. Highland Park Neighborhood
      8. Maplewood
      9. Marketview Heights
      10. Neighborhood of the Arts
      11. Park Avenue
      12. Pearl-Meigs-Monroe
      13. South Wedge
      14. Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood
      15. Upper Monroe
      16. Wadsworth Square
      17. Other
      18. See Also

19th Ward

19th Ward

19thWard.JPG 19thWardCastle.JPG

Alexander Neighborhood

Alexander Neighborhood

Alexander Green.JPG Alexander Blue.JPG Alexander Pink.JPG
AlexanderBrick.JPG AlexanderPurple.JPG AlexMonroe.JPG

Cobbs Hill Neighborhood

Cobbs Hill Neighborhood

Cobbs1.JPG Cobbs2.JPG Cobbs3.JPG
Cobbs4.JPG Cobbs6.JPG Cobbs7.JPG
Cobbs9.JPG Cobbs10.JPGHighland Avenue, the border with Brighton CobbsItalianate.JPGAnother on Highland Avenue

Corn Hill

Corn Hill

160fitzhugh.jpgThis home stands completely out of place among the historic homes of the Corn Hill neighborhood. Strange, but beautiful. Located on Fitzhugh Street. CornHill1.JPG CornHill2.JPG
CornHill3.JPG CornHill4.JPG CornHill5.JPG
CornHill6.JPG CornHill7.JPG CornHill8.JPG
CornHill9.JPG CornHill10.JPG

East Avenue Historic District

East Avenue Historic District

EastBrick.JPG EastIvy.JPG P1010176.JPGThe headquarters of Pathstone on Prince Street.
ParkYellowItalianate.JPG VickParkB.JPG PinkPark.JPG
ParkEastCool2.JPG Arnold.JPGArnold Park CoolMeigs.JPGMeigs Street
CoolParkEast.JPG DecoBldg.JPGClassic and classy Art Deco apartment building on Goodman Street. Built in 1920 and owned by [WWW]RochesterApartment.com. Purple.JPGLOL PURPLE (Prince St.)
PrinceSt.JPGThe [WWW]Sibley-Watson Library (now a two-family home) Strathallan.JPGAcross from the MAG.
EastDetails.JPG EastItalianate.JPG EastRoundWindows.JPG
EastWhite.JPG Portsmouth.JPG PortsmouthBrown.JPG
ArnoldBrick.JPGArnold Park Sibley1.JPGSibley Place Sibley2.JPGSibley Place
Sibley3.JPGSibley Place EastModern.JPG EastVick.JPG
Oliver.JPG Strath1.JPG Strath2.JPG
EastGreen.JPG

Grove Place

Grove Place

Grove1.JPG Grove2.JPG Grove3.JPG

Highland Park Neighborhood

Highland Park Neighborhood

HighlandBlue.JPG HighlandPink.JPG

Maplewood

Most of these are on Seneca Parkway.

Maplewood

Maple1.JPG Maple2.JPG Maple3.JPG
Maple4.JPG Maplewood5.JPG Maple6.JPGLovely colors
Maple7.JPG Maple8.JPG Maple9.JPG
Maple10.JPG Maple11.JPG Maple12.JPG
Maple13.JPG Maple14.JPG Maple15.JPG

Marketview Heights

Marketview Heights

These homes are located in the quiet residential pocket at where Alexander Street terminates in the east.

Marketview.JPG MH.JPG MVEdit.JPG
Marketview4.JPG Marketview5.JPG Marketview6.JPGHelp! Help!
Marketview7.JPG Marketview8.JPG

Neighborhood of the Arts

Neighborhood of the Arts

NOTA.JPG NOTA2.JPG NOTA32.JPG
NOTA4.JPG

Park Avenue

Park Avenue

Harper.JPGBeautiful mosaic! Black.JPGHow often do you see a black house? ParkCool.JPG
CoolPark.JPG ParkMonroe1.JPG CoolGoodman.JPG
ParkMonroeCool.JPGNeeds some TLC. purple on park.JPG OxfordCool.JPGOxford Street
ParkPurple.JPG ParkOrange.JPG CoolPark1.JPG
ParkGreenCream.JPG ParkRedWhite.JPG ParkPinkHouse.JPG
ParkPurpleGarden1.JPG ParkOffice.JPG OxfordDetails.JPG
Mediterranean.JPGRather out of place for Rochester. . .

Pearl-Meigs-Monroe

Pearl-Meigs-Monroe

PearlMeigs.JPG PMM2.JPG PMM3.JPG
PMMTower.JPG

South Wedge

South Wedge

MTA.JPGMount Hope Avenue
SWHouse.JPGWinner of the [WWW]2013 Historic Home Award from the Landmark Society. SWOffAlexander.JPG(It was snowing.) SWdetails.JPG(Enlarge to see architectural details.)
BlackAndYellow.JPGBlack and Yellow SouthAve.JPG Hickory1.JPG
Hickory2.JPG Averill.JPG Hickory3.JPG
Gregory.JPG SWRound.JPG

Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood

Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood

WestMainSBA.JPGOn West Main Street, built by a cousin of President Hayes. SBA1.JPG SBA2.JPG
SBA3.JPG

Upper Monroe

Upper Monroe

Upper Monroe Craftsman.JPGCraftsman style UM.JPG UpperMonroe.JPG

Wadsworth Square

Wadsworth Square

WadsworthCool.JPG WadsSquare.JPG

Other

mushroomhouse.jpgThe Mushroom House is tucked away in Powder Mills Park, south of the city in the town of Perinton. If you drive along Park Road past the Fish Hatchery heading toward 96, it will be on your right hand side. you should be able to spot it through the trees from your car. cool_house_1.jpgPined for by Tobin Fricke cool_house_2.jpgPined for by Tobin Fricke
atlantic.JPGAtlantic Avenue in North Winton Village. PLEX.JPGThis poor house in PLEX is apparently owned by some crazy lady in California who refuses to sell it, despite the fact that she does nothing but leave it to rot. *sigh* Swillburg.JPGOn a narrow street in Swillburg.
Brighton.JPGHome Acres neighborhood of Brighton. StPaul.JPGSt. Paul Street, in the Group 14621 neighborhood. EastEnd.JPGScio Street in the Upper East End.

Additional information and more cool houses can be found at [WWW]Great Homes of Rochester & Canandaigua (from WXXI.org)

See Also