After World War I, Americans turned to simpler architectural styles. Craftsman bungalows and Prairie-style homes replaced the ornate homes of the Victorian era. The American Foursquare, however, is probably the most popular architectural style borne from the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th Century. Sharing many of the Prairie-style features, this comfortable home with its symmetrical shape and roomy interior was constructed in rural areas as well as on small city lots.
With its hipped roof and dormer, overhanging eaves, and columned front porch, the house at 65 Laurelton Road is a fine example of this typically American architectural style. Shaded by mature trees, this cozy 1926 period home is located on a quiet residential street in the Culver-Winton-Main neighborhood. Mounds of black-eyed susans, hydrangea, and hosta welcome you to its double-columned side entrance.
Once inside, you notice the home’s stunning period details—oak floors, wide gumwood crown moldings and trim. Leaded glass doors invite you into the foyer and the living room with its brick woodburning fireplace flanked by built-in bookcases. More leaded glass doors open to the wide front porch that overlooks the front yard garden. To the left off the foyer is the large formal dining room with its honey-colored crown molding and wall trim. A sunny bay window makes the room a cheery place in which to dine. But the jewels of the dining room are the leaded glass bi-fold French doors opening to a sunroom, which serves as the home office.
And more leaded glass is found in the eat-in kitchen. Probably removed from an unused door, its leaded glass has been cleverly added to two upper cabinets to provide unique display space. Natural cherry cabinets, tile backsplash, and double oven add functionality and style to the updated space. An adjacent powder room with its original porcelain tile and a mudroom complete the first floor. A rear door leads to the fenced back yard. And the detached garage with architecture which mirrors the house has room for two cars.
A stairway off the foyer takes you to the second floor. Two bedrooms and a larger master bedroom, with its el-shaped nook used as additional office space, open from the upstairs hall as does the full bath. All updated, each bedroom contains a large closet, and one bedroom is enhanced by a bay window with a window seat. The sleeping porch, which overlooks the backyard has been converted to a guest room. Another stairway directly off the upstairs hall leads to the third floor which provides additional storage or room for future expansion. A skylight adds natural light to the space.
This period home is close to modern city conveniences. Several restaurants on Culver and Merchants Roads are within walking distance, and the Medley Center, Public Market, and new Durand-Eastman beach are a short drive away. The home is located in the Rochester City School District and is part of the active Laurelton Neighborhood Association.
The 2,262 square foot home is listed at $109,900 with taxes of $4,008. For a tour, call Rome Celli of RE/MAX First at 743-3000.
by Bonnie DeHollander
Bonnie is a technical writer for Eastman Kodak Company and a Landmark Society volunteer.