1854 Greek Revival – Montour Falls, NY – $199,900

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National Register
Added to OHD on 4/17/19   -   Last OHD Update: 4/18/19   -   6 Comments
112 N Genesee St, Montour Falls, NY 14865

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  • $199,900
  • 7 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 3396 Sq Ft
Charles Cook Built home in the Glorious T District of Montour Falls. This home has very rich history in the quaint Village of Montour Falls. Home is on the National Record of Historical Homes (but has no plaque). Main Floor Bedroom. Main Floor Bath has a walk in shower. Six bedrooms upstairs with a Full Bath. Large Living Room. Three car garage with second floor. You can see and hear She-Qua-Ga Falls from this home and walk to the village stores, village offices, bank and post office. Located in the Finger Lakes with just minutes to Watkins Glen, Horseheads, Corning and Ithaca.
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David A. Louch, Warren Real Estate Of Ithaca
(607) 257-0666
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6 Comments on 1854 Greek Revival – Montour Falls, NY – $199,900

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10321 comments
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    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    The exterior brick work is interesting. Build date on record is 1830 but I also found 1854. I didn’t dig deep enough to find the actual National Register form but from LivingPlaces:
    “Sheriff’s Office, 112 N. Genesee Street (Gillispie and Coreyell, 1854) — Originally the sheriff’s office, residence and jail, this rectangular, gable roofed building is constructed of brick and stone. Grecian elements in the facade, such as the treatment of the doorway and the termination of the sidewalls in a brick entablature, are noteworthy. The artistic use of brick compliments the neighboring structures.”

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  2. AvatarFanshaweGirl says: 426 comments

    I like the brick work, it is rather artistic.

    I just want to bring those floors back to life! It looks like the hallway was designed to have a carpet runner down the middle. Finding some pictures of the original would be nice. And, since it was a sheriff’s office, with jail cells…. I want to explore the basement! (I assume that’s where the cells would have been)

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  3. AvatarGregory_K says: 356 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    FanshaweGirl, I agree about the brickwork. It’s really inventive and elegant, and makes a handsome building.

    As usual, I’m long-winded:

    There are several possible explanations for the wide variation in the color of the bricks. It is possible that the variation documents two construction phases for this building. If it began life as a single story structure, later enlarged to two stories, that could explain the two different construction dates Kelly found. Checking local documents, newspapers, diaries, taxes paid, etc., might provide an answer. However, I believe it was built as a two story building for the reasons noted below.

    It is also possible that the two dates document the home’s initial construction, and then the rear wing, which I believe is an addition because of its consistently darker and more uniform brick. Afterall, if you had access to more uniform brick, wouldn’t you use it on the front, and use the different colors on any rear wing?

    In my opinion, these bricks were locally fired.

    Brick making was hard work, and required considerable labor and knowledge. The nearest large town guaranteed to have a brick factory is Ithaca, some 30 or so miles to the northeast. There can’t have been rail service in the 1830’s. Perhaps there was in the 1850’s to Ithaca or another town with a brickworks.

    A team of oxen pulling a fully loaded wagon over fair roads can make about 4 miles an hour, so with loading, unloading and transportation time, each wagon load of brick would probably have taken a hard day’s labor for beast and man. A full load of brick was very heavy for the actual number of bricks transported in each load, so locally made brick would be an obvious solution in labor and expense.

    Normally the hardest brick, closest to the heat in a brick kiln, were the most darkly colored, often distorted by the intense heat. They were used in walkways, fire boxes and chimneys, where durability was a requirement. Attractive and consistently colored bricks a little further from the flame in the ‘clamp,’ the name for piles of unfired bricks carefully stacked with tunnels for the fires, probably wood fired at this time, not coal, were used for exterior face brick.

    Different batches of brick, and variations in firing temperatures, are obvious from the changes in color in the sidewall, but not as obvious on the facade. It is because the bricks on the facade are more consistent in color, more carefully mixed, that I believe that the building was built as a two story structure from the beginning. It would be interesting to know if the ‘architect’ of the building had an interest in a local brickworks.

    Thanks for your patience in reading all my speculations. Greg Hubbard

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