Susan B. Anthony House

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Rochester, NY

Client: Susan B. Anthony House

Project Type: Historic Structure Report; Historic Furnishing Plan; Historic Landscape Analysis

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) is one of the most prominent women in American history for her civil rights activism. Her house at 17 Madison Street in Rochester, New York was her refuge and headquarters during the most active period of her life. Anthony lived in the house from 1865 until her death in 1906. Forty years after her death, a women’s group purchased the house and opened it as a shrine to her memory as well as to the cause to which she dedicated her life. The house is now a National Historic Landmark and is part of the larger Susan B. Anthony Preservation District, which encompasses a largely intact nineteenth-century middle-class neighborhood.

As part of a larger plan to completely restore the house, John G. Waite Associates, Architects prepared a comprehensive historic structure report, including a furnishings plan and a historic landscape analysis for the property. The findings of this report have been used to restore the house and property to its original 1895-1906 appearance, which was found to be the period of significance for the house. The owners were awarded a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service for the first phase of the restoration.