Martin Wood House

42 West Street, Fairport, NY 14450

Martin Wood House

Best Example of Greek Revival in Fairport

The Martin Wood house at 42 West Street has the reputation of being the best example of Greek Revival architecture in Fairport. It is described in Carl Schmidt’s book, Greek Revival Architecture in the Rochester Area and its photograph appears in Erie Canal Legacy by Richard O. Reisem and Andy Olenick.

Martin Wood - Local Farmer

Martin Wood was a local farmer and built the house in 1851. When designated in 2009 the owner, Rich Osterling, had made considerable efforts to restore the exterior: all paint has been stripped and the house repainted a color matching the paint of the 1950’s. The Wood Farm extended from West Street to Woodlawn, which was named for him. He is credited with subdividing the building lots on West Street.

Charles Peacock - Secretary & Trustee of First School

Also notable is that Charles Peacock, lived at 42 West Street from 1887 to 1909. He was Secretary and Trustee of the first school in Fairport.

Architectural Characteristics

You will see many characteristics of Greek Revival architecture at 42 West Street; the 3 bay with a front gabled roof and wide band of trim on sides; the frieze band windows in the trim on the north and south side; gable end is the front of the house and faces the street.

WestSt42CopperBeachDDFritsch2015PRThe windows are six over six pane sash windows with shutters. The front porch was replaced in between 1887 and 1908 and matches the original porch. There is a full transom light over the original door with recessed sidelights.

The mounting block/carriage step located in front on the treelawn was designated along with 18 others located on Village property. The original barn was burned to the ground in 1904 and replaced with an attached garage.

A 100 to 150 year old copper beech tree was also included in the designation.

Landmark Designation

The Preservation Commission designated this property in June of 2009. The copper beach tree in the side yard is included in the landmark designation. It is between 100 and 150 years old and may be the largest in Fairport.


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




Martin Wood House in 1960

The front facing gable end gives 

the house the appearance of 
a miniature Greek temple.

(Above photo taken in 1960, provided by the Town Assessor)


Martin Wood House

The frieze band on the Wood House 
is discontinous across the gable end.


Frieze Band on Martin Wood House

On the North and South side of 
the home are frieze band windows.

(All photos were taken in 2009 unless noted)

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