The home of Irondequoit Chapter was built by Hervey Ely, the owner of the Red Mill gristmill, in 1837. This house is considered to be an outstanding example of the Greek Revival style of architecture. Its design is attributed to the preeminent architect Hugh Hastings of New England. The Hervey Ely house is a City of Rochester Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and located in the Corn Hill Historic Preservation District.
Hervey Ely arrived in Rochester in 1813 at the age of twenty-two. He began his career in Rochester by running a general store. In 1815, Hervey with his brother Elisha Ely and partner Josiah Bissell built a mill with four runs of stone. For some time it was the most productive mill in the area.
In 1837, Hervey Ely and his wife Caroline built their home at 11 Livingston Park a gated community and home to the wealthy merchants of Rochester. Today the Hervey Ely House is the only remaining home on Livingston Park. It is a gem from a past era, located on the fringe of the Third Ward Historic Preservation District, more commonly known as The Corn Hill Neighborhood. To learn more about Corn Hill please click on this link http://www.cornhill.org.
The Irondequoit Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution purchased the Ely House in 1920, and take great pride in its stewardship. The interior of the house maintains elaborate plaster decorations, fine marble fireplaces, an elegant curving staircase, and 12-foot ceilings. The main level of the house contains a genealogical library, a museum, three parlors, a double kitchen, and a well maintained collection of period furniture and artifacts.
Most proudly displayed in the foyer of this beautiful home is the DAR application paper for our most famous Irondequoit Daughter, Susan B. Anthony. She became a member of Irondequoit Chapter in 1898. In 2006 our chapter joined members of the Susan B. Anthony House and others in the 100th anniversary re-enactment of Miss Anthony's 1906 funeral. To learn more about Susan B. Anthony House please click on the following link: http://susanbanthonyhouse.org/index.php
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