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F'ville HPC names 19th Century house as Building of the Month

The village of Fayetteville Historic Preservation Commission nominates a building or residence in the village that has undergone significant restoration or improvements within the last year.

In consideration of the fact that the 303 E. Genesee St. in Fayetteville is undergoing a remarkable restoration of this historic building, and to recognize the efforts of the owners to protect and preserve the historic fabric of the village, the commission supports its recognition of this Building of the Month award once again.

The house at 303 E. Genesee St. was built in 1886 at a time of growth in the village of Fayetteville. The first owner was Platt H. Smith, a banker in Fayetteville at that time. The second owner was Beach H. Beard. In later years it declined and in 1953 was made into seven efficiency apartments.

Bender-Bort LLC purchased this home in August of 2008. Malcolm Bender and Aaron Bort have been working to bring this Stick Style Victorian home back to its original grandeur. Additions have been taken down, the front porch was put back on and windows were replaced. The wood siding and trim was repaired or replaced and then painted. At every step of restoration, the house is becoming what it was back in 1886. The house features fishscale shingles and a chalet detailed gable on an overhanging curved base (a cavetto) with corner fan detailing. The building is the only one of its particular style in the historic district.

The inside will be restored completely into a one family home that will reflect 1886 and support today's lifestyle. Bender and Bort have enjoyed restoring this house and plan on selling it when completed. They said they are hoping for a family who loves Victorian houses to purchase it and enjoy owning a part of main street Fayetteville.

If anyone knows of a recent construction or renovation within the village of Fayetteville that is worthy of recognition, contact Kim Wilcox at 637-9864 at the Fayetteville Village Hall to nominate the building to the Historic Preservation Commission. The building may be old or new, commercial or residential. The design can be traditional or modern. Only the exterior as seen from the street will be considered. The design must be compatible in scale and detail with the generally recognizable character of the village of Fayetteville.

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