Jacalyn Meyvis


Jacalyn Meyvis is a photographer in Rochester, NY specializing in portraits, engagements, proposals, and weddings.

house & garden tour

Sunday I went on the landmark society of western new york's 46th annual house and garden tour. The self-guided tour went through seven homes in the east avenue and east boulevard areas (my favorite streets). The tour was of private homes so photography was unfortunately not permitted. I did my best…

A few highlights from my experience

The oliver culver house (rochester’s oldest residence) located at 70 east boulevard is for sale! It was listed on the national register of historic places in 1979. You can see more photos on the home’s site. Built in 1816, this home is 200 years old! It was originally built as a tavern near the corner of east avenue and culver road. It was moved to east blvd in 1906.

Architectural style: early 19th-century federal. This home has been featured in many architectural publications.
Architect: unknown

This was the only home tour where we could see the second floor. The very large master suite was once the ballroom, and you can feel / see the floor bounce beneath you if you jump a little!

My favorite part of the home are the original hard wood floors! They look amazing. Pieces of original bark are still in between the panels of wood.

Best porch view: 951 park ave.  Killer porch view down the very wide east blvd. I couldn’t grab a picture (at this point I was told 3 times photos are prohibited, I swear I didn’t know ha). #rocporchgoals

Year built: 1907
Architectural style: craftsman

The boynton house by frank lloyd wright (16 east boulevard) was not on the tour, see my week on explore rochester for my photo / info of this house. I’m waiting for this home to be on the next tour!!!

1391 east avenue

Year built: 1856; 1875 rear wing
Architect: merwin austin
Architectural style: italian villa

This four-acre property made me feel like I was not in the city! It looks like a park lined with trees / hedges. You can’t even see east avenue! There’s even an extensive formal and japanese garden in the back of the property.

My favorite / most interesting thing I learned on the tour was from the cutest older woman on staff. She was so excited to tell us! The image below is of a 19th century toll house (you had to pay to come into Rochesterville) that was brought here to serve as the original owners children’s play house in the early 1900s. Rochesterville? We were known as this until 1823. The owners need to restore this, how cool would that be?

moral of the blog: I noticed I was the youngest participant on the tour sunday. More millennials (yea, you, stop taking selfies) should realize the sophisticated architecture and extraordinary history we have here in rochester.

You’re bummed you missed out, I know! Next tour is the ‘inside downtown tour’ september 30th and october 1st. I went last year and plan on going again!