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6 Responses to “Filling In: 446 Genesee St.”

  1. Jason Haremza says:

    Excellent proposals Mr. Denker! Thank you for the shout-out.

  2. Peter says:

    Is there a name for that type of multi-family house? There are many houses around Park Ave that were single family, then split into multi. However, there are a bunch that appear to be built as multi-family. Would you call them townhouses? I used to live in one style on Harvard St that is replicated around the area.
    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=460+Harvard+Street,+Rochester,+NY&hl=en&ll=43.145431,-77.580989&spn=0.000869,0.000979&sll=43.131871,-77.719603&sspn=0.019668,0.031328&oq=460+harvard+&t=h&hnear=460+Harvard+St,+Rochester,+New+York+14607&z=20&layer=c&cbll=43.145299,-77.580987&panoid=ttn_GoA5tusohPUf8lAdSA&cbp=12,357.28,,0,-2.59

  3. Jason Haremza says:

    Not that I’m aware of. My dream is for some planning or architecture grad student to do an in-depth analysis of this style, apparently unique to Rochester, that was built from about 1905-1925. Just as Buffalo has its up-and-down doubles, Brooklyn has its brownstones, Boston has its triple-deckers, maybe we can call this the ‘Rochester row’?

    There’s a really nice modern interpretation of this along Highland Avenue, just east of Goodman.

  4. Peter says:

    If I was still in your urban planning class at Geneseo maybe I would. These are all around my Park Ave neighborhood. I always liked them better then the split old houses because I don’t like going up a flight or 2 of stairs before I get to my front door. The porch makes it feel more like a house even if it is small.

  5. Jason Haremza says:

    Exactly! The ‘Rochester row’ offers nice urban density, but everyone gets their own front door, and, in theory, their own little back yard or back patio. To me, these are the great design flaws of the Buffalo double (as lovely as they are inside): the downstairs apartment has to hear upstairs neighbors stomping around and the upstairs apartment has no direct access to the yard.

  6. Matthew Denker says:

    So as I see it, these are really townhouses designed to look a little bit more like a large house. There’s no street view in my tiny hometown of Perkasie, PA, so I can’t give a street view of it, but it seems to me that this sort of style is popular (or was, anyway) just about anywhere that was a quasi-suburban railroad town (as my hometown was before service was stopped in the 80s).

    Another great example of one of these buildings (and particularly large) is 449 Meigs. It wraps around onto Elmhurst. Another larger one that I almost bought, but needed just a bit too much TLC, is 2 Clay, two blocks south of Ridgeway on Lake.

    I think if you can build these buildings without parking, then you have a fair shot at being able to do it profitably. I’d like to see this kind of infill in Corn Hill without the parking so more people are parked on the street. One of the major concerns over there is speeding traffic (I was passed on the right – through the bike lane – by a guy who thought my 40 on Exchange just wasn’t enough. Christ). Anyway, more on street parking on these overly wide street (and I mean people using it) would help greatly with driving speeds.


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