I drove west to Clarkson from Rochester on “The Ridge Road” as it was called for many years, and noticed a variety of early buildings along the way. Some have retained their architectural integrity while others have had many changes. I was nearly at the intersection of Route 19 and Ridge Road when I spied #8354 on my right. It is located among other houses of its era in the Clarkson historic overlay district. Across the road there is a restored brick 1853 Greek Revival style schoolhouse and future museum and a well-preserved 1825 church. These four corners have changed considerably since 1820, but the careful preservation of this cluster of buildings retains the original neighborhood feel.
Mr. Deacon Palmer built 8354 Ridge Road in Clarkson Corners. He purchased the land in 1810 and built a log cabin. The cabin burned and in 1820 he constructed the front part of the Federal Style brick home you see today. Mr. Palmer’s ninth son Russell inherited the house and in 1920 Russell’s son-in-law added a back half. The family who currently lives there uses the whole house and it is so interesting. Opening the original Federal style front door with sidelights and fan window and you step into 1820. Walk through the dining room, open a Dutch door and you step into the next century- 1920 Craftsman style. Two eras in one house!
The 1820 part of the house can also be entered from a side porch into the dining room where you are surrounded by original doors, fireplace (with insert), and painted floors. What a pleasant room for family or guests. The efficient kitchen and full bath with claw foot tub are both off of this room. French doors lead to the living room with period paper and gas fired stove. Wide solid wood panel doors lead to the front hall and main entrance. Upstairs is spacious with four bedrooms and half bath. The two front rooms have the original 12 over 12 windows and latches and one has a fireplace. The 1920 portion of the house can also be accessed from upstairs.
From the dining room we step through the Dutch door into the 1920s charming eating area, kitchen and half bath. Around the corner is a cozy living room with a stone wood-burning fireplace. An office and porch are accessed from this room. The simple Arts and Crafts stairs go up to a hall with two closets/cupboards, full bath, hardwood floors, and natural trim.
There is a great attic over, and dry sturdy basement under, both eras. 1820 has an oil burner and fireplace and 1920 has a gas furnace. There is a solid stone 2-car garage and the 1.98 acres with stream offers surprisingly rural privacy. You can walk to a nearby restaurant, post office and park and the charming village of Brockport is just south on Rt. 19.
The price for this 3248 square foot house is $169,000 with taxes of $5,257. Please call Realtor® Mary Edwards at 585-395-9574 in Brockport if you are interested in taking this great opportunity to become a keeper of community history with the added bonus of living within its graceful architecture.
by Sharon Pratt
Sharon Pratt is a lover of old houses and the former receptionist at the Landmark Society of Western New York.