The Landmark Society’s 2013 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of the upcoming Awards Ceremony we will be featuring some of this year’s award winners.
The Historic Home Award is given to owners of private residences for their continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally significant house over a minimum of seven years.
1209 East Avenue
City of Rochester, New York
Owners: Susumu & Mary Okubu
Built in 1903, this handsome Georgian-style residence was originally the home of Walter Hubbell, George Eastman’s attorney and partner in the law firm that became Nixon, Peabody. Located on the corner of Culver Road, the house was designed by noted Rochester architect, J. Foster Warner, who also designed the Eastman House, which this building resembles, though on a smaller scale.
The Hubbell family lived here until 1958, after which the house was vacant for several years. The present owners bought it around 1960. For over five decades, they have maintained this large residence as their home, retaining all original details throughout the building.
In addition to their own apartment, several additional apartments and a law office were sensitively laid out within the historic building, including one unit in the original billiards room on the third floor.
The elegant main entrance boasts a unique, fan-shaped, glass-and-cast iron canopy, which was recently restored and returned to its prominent location. This remarkable house is surrounded by extensive gardens, which create an urban oasis and further enhance this historic site.
Visit our Success Stories page to see more previews of this year’s winners and check out winners from 2012!
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I loved working for Mary and Susumo. I learned so much about landscaping, history, canning foods, making homemade jam , homemade everything really. I would work from Sun up. to Sun down.taking care of the Japanese moss, fish, ECT. That was Susumo s baby. Mary’s. Gardens of flowers were beautiful. I just loved being there. I spent more time there than my own home. Mary is the strongest, smartest and most enjoying woman I have ever known. I’m sorry I ever left her. She did so much for me and I will forever. Remember what she has taught me about life.
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