Style and Flexibility in Ellwanger Barry
Architect C. Storrs Barrows designed the 1927 Stucco Tudor for Dr. John R. Slater, a University of Rochester Professor. The three-bedroom house and two-car, detached garage are situated on a small, scrupulously landscaped lot. The rear yard features a new, custom stone patio. However, many of the details, slate roof, dark wood doors and leaded glass casement windows, are original. Bellevue Drive is a beautifully maintained, architecturally eclectic street situated in the quiet, southernmost end of the Ellwanger Barry Neighborhood. Just one block from Rockingham, South Avenue and Highland Park, the short, tightly knit street is entered from Mt. Vernon and dead ends at Highland Hospital. Though quiet, Bellevue Drive is conveniently located one block from the James P. B. Duffy School #12, the Highland Branch of the Rochester Public Library and all of the north and south connections South Avenue offers. South Clinton’s eclectic shops, the Cinema Theatre and ethnic restaurant district are only one mile east, and access to the Genesee Riverway Trail may be gained less than one mile to the west.
Entry to 94 Bellevue Drive is from the side driveway into a tiled foyer. A bay window is the front façade focal point. Stepping up from the foyer, one enters the living room from the rear corner. It features the front, bay window, a stone fireplace with flanking built-in bookshelves and narrow plank hardwood floors. Deeply recessed windows and deeply arched doorways evoke adobe construction. A screened porch, off the living room, on the southeast corner is perfect for enjoying morning coffee and the small, landscaped front lawn. Its arched openings frame views of the scenic street and echo the arched doorways that recur throughout the first floor. The living and dining rooms connect in an L-shaped open plan, which grants spaciousness to the entertaining space. The dining area features an original built-in china cabinet. A newly renovated kitchen utilizes light wood cabinetry to brighten the small space. Custom tile and a breakfast bar for two were added; the original pantry remains.
All three bedrooms, two full baths and two sitting rooms are tightly configured on the second floor. Several carefully placed doors provide space usage flexibility. The first bedroom, with a private sitting room and an internal connection to a full bath, could easily be enjoyed as a guest suite. The second bedroom has both a working sink and the only bedroom closet. The third bedroom has a sitting room and a fireplace. A door beyond the hallway accessed full bath can be closed to create a private, modest master suite. Both bathrooms have been updated.
The third wood burning fireplace is in the multifunctional, basement room. The dry, finished basement, with utility room, work room and storage space, offers a small facelift project to the otherwise meticulously kept home. Photo and virtual tours are available at: homesteadnet.com. The recently reduced price is $268,500; taxes are $6224. Contact listing agent is Susan Sanford of Hunt Real Estate at (585) 248-0220 ext. 297.
By R. Michelle Rook
R. Michelle Rook holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois and works for the Rochester Regional Community Design Center.