South Wedge recommended for historic registers

By THOMAS ADAMS - 12/18/2012 3:21:27 PM

Rochester’s South Wedge Historic District, along with properties in Genesee and Orleans counties, is among 25 sites recommended for inclusion in state and national registers of historic places, officials announced Tuesday.

The New York State Board of Historic Preservation compiled the list. If approved by the state’s historic preservation officer, the sites will be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

The South Wedge, bordered by the Genesee River and the Erie Canal is a substantially intact 19th century working- and middle-class neighborhood representing Rochester’s growth from the Erie Canal era to the early 20th century, the preservation board said.

The Augustus S. Tryon House in LeRoy, Genesee County, and Bacon-Harding Farm in Gaines, Orleans County, also are on the list.

The Tryon House was built in 1867 for its namesake, a merchant and farmer who settled in LeRoy after returning from the California gold rush. The house was purchased in 1881 by prominent businessman and mill owner Charles Prentice, the preservation board said.

The Bacon-Harding Farm includes a cobblestone house built in 1844. It is among the oldest farms in Gaines still owned and managed by the same family.
“Our historic resources help establish New York’s distinctive quality, character and sense of place,” Rose Harvey, commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said in the statement.

Being listed with the state and national registers of historic places qualifies the sites for public preservation programs and services such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, Harvey said.

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