The University of Rochester’s expansion away from its Prince Street location in the late 1920s was a boon for homebuilding in the Elmwood-Mt. Hope area. Because of its proximity to the new River Campus and Strong Memorial Hospital, the area, previously known as the Crittenden Tract, saw major development from the 1920s through the 1950s. The houses constructed in the new Strong Neighborhood were of diverse architectural styles. But, like the charming home at 75 Irvington Road, the Colonial Revival became one of the neighborhood’s most popular styles.
Built in 1930, this period home is situated on a neat, well-landscaped lot. The exterior is classic Colonial—crisp white paint and green shuttered windows and trim. The gable roof is enhanced with a third-floor dormer, and window boxes and trellises with climbing roses add to the home’s great curb appeal. A columned entrance welcomes you inside. As you enter the home, you notice the wood front door with its leaded-glass window and the original ceramic tile in the foyer. To the left, a French door opens to the living room with original hardwood floors, crown moldings, and leaded-glass windows. Four ribbon windows overlook the front yard. An archway leads to the formal dining room that also has hardwood floors, a leaded-glass window, and more French doors opening to a sunny three-season porch that overlooks a flagstone patio and the fully fenced backyard.
When you enter the kitchen, it’s evident that it has been modernized without losing its architectural integrity. The original hardwood floors pair seamlessly with updated cabinetry and appliances. The wall separating the butler’s pantry has been removed to enlarge the kitchen; a vaulted ceiling with a skylight brings natural light to the space. A wainscoted powder room completes the first floor.
Upstairs, three spacious bedrooms, all with hardwood floors, open from the hall. Each of the two smaller bedrooms has its own closet, and the larger master has two closets that flank a skirted window seat. Period details have been preserved in the upstairs bath as well with its original black and white floor tile, medicine cabinet, and pillars and arch that surround the tub. A linen closet completes the second floor. Another stairway off the upstairs hall leads to the third floor. This finished space is used as the home office, playroom, and storage. More storage space and the laundry are located in the basement. And the detached two-car garage complements the architecture of the house. This charming colonial is close to the modern conveniences of Elmwood and Mt. Hope Avenues as well as the natural beauty of Genesee Valley Park The neighborhood has easy access to the Erie Canal pathway, and the University of Rochester is within walking distance. The home is served by the Rochester City School District and is part of the active Upper Mount Hope Neighborhood Association.
The 1,756 square foot home is listed at $159,900 with taxes of $5,283. For a tour, call Janis Reding of Nothnagle Realtors at 248-8963.
by Bonnie DeHollander
Bonnie is a technical writer for Eastman Kodak Company and a Landmark Society volunteer.