Geneseo Historic District

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Geneseo Historic District
Bear Fountain in Geneseo.jpg
Main Street’s Bear Fountain, the best-known symbol of Geneseo, here decorated with flags for Memorial Day.
Location Geneseo, New York
Architect Claude Bragdon, et al. (original)
Robert Sherlock, et al. (increase)
Architectural style Italianate, Federal, Queen Anne (original)
Mid–19th Century Revival, Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals, Late Victorian (increase)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 77000948 (original)
85000642 (increase)
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 9, 1977 (original)
March 21, 1985 (increase)[1]
Designated NHLD July 17, 1991[2]

Geneseo Historic District, known also as Main Street Historic District, is a historic district in Geneseo, New York. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1991.[2]

The district includes Geneseo's historic commercial center and its most refined residential neighborhood, plus the 102.8-acre (0.416 km2) estate of the Wadsworth family. That estate, The Homestead (Geneseo) was already separately listed in 1974. The district consists of 312 properties, of which 288 are contributing. The historic district was recognized by listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 as Main Street Historic District, and a boundary increase to the district enlarged it in 1985.[3]

Description of Properties[edit]

Properties included in the district are:[3]

  • Temple Hill Cemetery
  • Avon Road, east side:
    • The Hartford House, c. 1836, another Wadsworth family property.
  • Avon Road, west side:
    • Soldiers Monument
    • St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    • St. Mary's Rectory
  • Center Street, north side:
    • Thirty residences and buildings, from 3 Center Street up to 81 Center Street
    • Central Presbyterian Church (c.1939)
  • Center Street, south side:
    • ...
  • 2nd St.
    • Wadsworth Library
  • Geneseo Baptist Church
  • Old Antheum Library

(to be expanded)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Geneseo Historic District". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b Jeanette McClellan and Nancy O'Dea (November 30, 1990). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Geneseo Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 31 photos, exteriors, from 1975, 1983, and 1985. PDF (6.75 MB)

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Coordinates: 42°47′46″N 77°49′00″W / 42.796237°N 77.816771°W / 42.796237; -77.816771