As you may have read in recent news stories (see: CITY Newspaper, the Democrat & Chronicle and the current issue of Rochester Magazine), the owner’s of Rochester’s Edward E. Boynton House, Jane Parker and Fran Cosentino, have just completed a meticulous and multi-year restoration project. The Boynton House is the only example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Rochester and is a spectacular example of his signature Prairie style. Significantly, the house is also one of a very few Wright homes that continues to function as a private, single family residence (most, such as the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo or Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, have been preserved as public house museums).
The complex restoration project was overseen by a local architecture firm, Bero Architecture, PLLC. Bayer Landscape Architecture, PLLC provided the landscape design for the property, which originally included the two lots to the south of the house when it was built in 1908. Today, the property sits on a standard-sized city lot.
The above image shows the house after restoration. One of the most visually striking changes was restoration of the original front porch. The porch was enclosed shortly after the house was constructed but was not a part of Wright’s original design. The newly restored porch showcases the dramatic cantilevered roof, a common element in Wright’s designs.
Pictured below is the house’s dining room with the original furniture, designed specifically for the Boynton House by Frank Lloyd Wright.
The dining room also showcases some of the house’s 235 pieces of art glass.
The Landmark Society recently celebrated the completion of the restoration, congratulating Jane and Fran and launching our 75th Anniversary.
Congratulations and thank you, again, to Fran and Jane on their extraordinary work and dedication to this project!
A special thank you to:
Photography by Marty Nott