Reed-Hulburt House

106 Hulburt Road, Fairport, NY 14450

The Reed-Hulburt House

Built Between 1853 & 1857

The Reed-Hulburt home at 106 Hulburt Road was built between 1853 and 1857. This beautifully restored Greek Revival home is featured in The Erie Canal Legacy by Richard Reisem and Andy Olenick. It was chosen then and now for its careful restoration inside and out. It is as close as possible to its original condition.

Greek Revival Architecture

The exterior Greek Revival features are a center entrance with original 4-panel door and sidelights. There are comer pilasters with a broken pediment at each end. Most of the exterior clapboards are original.

A universal feature of Greek Revival Houses is an entablature around the top: here there is a wide frieze board with small rectangular windows covered with an iron grille. Above, the cornice has a simple band forming the eave.

In his book, Greek Revival Architecture in Rochester, Carl Schmidt discusses the development of Greek Revival floor plans. He mentions "the addition of [a] subordinate wing at right angles to the axis of the main rectangle, sometimes with porches across the front of the wing."(31). This house has a long wing on the west side.

The west front porch has original plaster walls with molded architrave around the door, which sticks out like ears at the top. The windows are double hung sash with 6 over 6 windows that have been stripped, restored and repainted. Most glass is original.

The foundation is of glacial cobbles and boulders. It's about 4 feet thick at the base narrowing to 2 feet for the top half.

Reed-Hulburt House

Thomas Hulburt Owned an 80-Acre Farm

Thomas Hulburt bought this house in 1858 from Richard Reed, a lawyer who built it. Hulburt eventually owned 80 acres, mostly a farm with orchards overlooking the canal. The present development, Olde Orchard to the south of the property, was named for the Hulburt Orchards, which was a popular picnic spot in the late 1800's.

Thomas Hulburt was a village trustee when the village was incorporated in 1867. He laid out Hulburt Avenue to run from his driveway to Church Street. Prior to this the only road to the village was along the canal. Hulburt Avenue made travel to the village easier. Before he died in 1919, Hulburt sold 57 acres to the Fairport Development Corporation. 30 of these acres became the Fair Acres Subdivision, which included the south end of Dewey and Miles Avenues and James Street.

Landmark Status

The Reed-Hulburt house is a beautiful anchor for the southwest comer of the Fairport Village, reminding those who travel on Hulburt Avenue of the vision of early settlers such as Thomas Hulburt. The Preservation Commission designated this property in March of 2009.

 

For more information on the FHPC and designated landmarks, go to the village preservation page or the village website.

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National Register
The Thomas L. Hulburt House. locally known as the Reed-Hulburt House, was named on Feb. 16, 2016 to the National Register of Historic Places.


Reed-Hulbert House Frieze Band Window

Frieze band window looking from the inside to the snow covered ground outside.

 

Reed-Hulburt House Door

Greek Revival "ear" over door.

 


Reed-Hulburt House

Photo from the Village of Fairport Landmark Survey of 1976.

 

(Photos taken in 2009)

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