Alameda is one great street. Stately early 20th century homes, a tree canopy, neighbors young and old enjoying block parties and projects, and all the benefits of living in Historic Maplewood. The house at 44 Alameda is in the middle of the action, and it is one great house.
The property has been in the same extended family since before the home’s 1915 construction. It has been modernized, of course, but the original hardware still exists on beautiful closets and windows, the pocket doors actually work, and the oak floors are pristine throughout.
The exterior lower stories are red brick, with accents in red shingle on the porches and white siding on the upper level. This colonial style house has a brick and concrete driveway leading to the side entrance. A tile floor inside the door leads to a unique double-door coat closet. The foyer holds a wall-hung desk and phone shelf, and a wide entrance to the living room on the left. At the far end of the generous living room, the wood-burning fireplace is flanked by bookshelves with glass doors, and windows with charming curved eyebrows. The hearth is flagstone; the fireplace surround is brick. The scope of the room is enhanced by the curved crown molding at the ceiling and six inch floor molding. Two matching French doors lead from the living room to the three-season porch overlooking Alameda Street.
The dining room is next, and it is gorgeous. Beautiful beams provide visual warmth, and a bank of windows captures the evening sun. There are light fixtures here and elsewhere in the house that are a ‘50s collector’s dream. A pocket door leads to the eat-in kitchen and adjacent powder room.
A handsome wood staircase leads to a landing between floors with tall casement windows and oak floor. A wide foyer at the second floor holds built-in storage and laundry chute, and opens to four bedrooms and full bath. The bedrooms are large and bright, with closets that are generous for the period. One bedroom is used as a den, with bookshelves near the ceiling. Two of the bedrooms have French doors leading to an open porch overlooking the back yard. The porch spans the entire north side of the house, and promises to be an owner’s favorite space. The attic is solid and insulated, ready to be finished off. It is ripe with potential, with six windows and a cedar closet.
The large walk-out basement contains the laundry room and workbench. The door leading to the backyard opens to a sunken garden with a handsome red maple, roses, perennials, a huge holly, and a concrete pond.
Alameda Street is located in the heart of Historic Maplewood in northwest Rochester. Maplewood was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by community leaders and officers of the new Eastman Kodak Company. Within walking distance are the Claude Bragdon-designed Maplewood YMCA, the Frederick Law Olmstead company-designed Maplewood Rose Garden, the Maplewood Library, Aquinas, John Marshall and Nazareth Academy high schools, Sacred Heart Cathedral, and much more. Visit Maplewood and see for yourself during Rochester's River Romance weekend, Oct. 6-8.
Forty-four Alameda Street has 1,969 square feet, sits on a .16-acre lot. It is listed for $115,000, with taxes of $3,132 through Helga Das, Nothnagle Realtors, (585) 381-0502.
Elizabeth M. Teall is a Maplewood resident and Landmark Society volunteer.