Cornelia Kraai House

10 Clinton Place, Fairport NY 14450

ClintonPlace10 Web400This architectural beauty at 10 Clinton Place is secreted around the corner from South Main Street sitting discreetly amongst its 20th century neighbors.

The 1976 Survey of Architecture in the Village of Fairport rated the property as Green Plus with "great importance to the neighborhood". The 1858 map and research shows that the early ownership in 1852 to the Rev. Daniel Johnson. At that time, it was located at 138 S Main Street. The 2014 Survey of the Village rated this house as Red, the highest rating and very important architecturally and  historically to the community.

The home was moved to its present location circa 1885. The Beck and Pauli lithograph of 1885 shows it at the Main Street location. It is likely that Mr. & Mrs. (Mary A. Walker) Truman Butts moved it to make room for a larger home on Main Street, which was completed in 1886.

It is a charming Greek Revival cottage with a front facing gable and two side wings, breezeway and attached garage. It retains its original first floor windows and period wooden shutters (hinged to open/close) except for the garage front doors and floorboards.

The Cornelia Kraai House is located at 10 Clinton Place in the Village of Fairport. The early ownership is documented in 1852 to the Rev. Daniel Johnson. At that time, the home was located at 138 S Main Street. The home was moved to its present location about 1885. The Beck and Pauli lithograph of 1885 shows it at the Main Street location. It is likely that Mr. & Mrs. (Mary A. Walker) Truman Butts moved it to make room for a larger home on Main Street, which was completed in 1886.

It is a charming Greek Revival cottage with a front facing gable and two side wings, breezeway and attached garage. It retains its original first floor windows and period wooden shutters (hinged to open/close) except for the garage front doors and floorboards.

Cornelia Kraai

Cornelia Kraai was the longest staying resident from 1950 till her death in 1972 and the mother of Dr Kraai. Dr Kraai was one of Fairport's very well known general medical practitioners with his home/office located at 84 South Main.  It is believed that he visited his mother daily while she resided at 10 Clinton Place.

The home fit 3 of the criteria for designation: (1) contribution to local history; (2) architecture style; and (3) is an established feature of the neighborhood where it resides.

Contribution to Local History

As the home was moved on or about 1885 along with a large number of other building relocations which took place from 1872 to1912. Almost all of these involved structures on Main or Church Streets, moved to side streets in order to allow for new construction of bigger homes or buildings along with the increasing prosperity within the community.  In 1848, Fairport’s population was about 200.  Early residential development occurred along North and South Main Street, South Avenue and adjacent streets, east of Main along Pleasant and Parker Streets and in the West Street/West Avenue area. By 1867, Fairport was incorporated as a village with a population of 1,000 and then nearly doubled to 1920 by 1880.

Architecture and Style

The Cornelia Kraai House is an excellent example of Greek Revival with a gable front and wing architecture, noted that symmetric wings are unique to this example as well as the home possesses the classic low pitched front facing gable with a cornice line of the main roof emphasized by the wide band trim bracketed with 2 side wings with partial hip roofs. While the current porch is not original it does possess Greek revival characteristics of a simple entablature structure of entry width, supported by 2 round Doric Roman Tuscan  columns. The final touch are the simple decorative crowns on each of the shuttered 6 over 6 windows.

Feature of the neighborhood

When the house is approached from South Main Street the viewer gasps in surprise as the house comes into view – its bright yellow paint and its 19th century incongruity as it nestled amongst its 20th century neighbors.

Fairport Mayor Fritz Mayor is quoted as saying “We are proud to add the Cornelia Kraai House to the list of 38 local designated structures, homes and buildings”.

 

 

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

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This house at 10 Clinton Place was originally located at 138 South Main Street.

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