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The Maplewood Neighborhood
The Maplewood neighborhood's natural and built environments will surely leave you awestruck. Elegant boulevards—such as Seneca Parkway, which grew in size and opulence as nearby Eastman Kodak Company grew-- lead into parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, themost famous of American landscape architects. Maplewood Park along the Genesee gorge is famous for its rose garden and annual Rose Festival. The Lower Falls and the Genesee RiverwayTrail are accessible from several points in the neighborhood; architecture includes Victorian, Tudor, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts and more. Many properties boast gorgeous original features, exquisite landscapes and towering street trees.Maplewood's well-established association organizes, advocates and runs activitiesyear-round that showcase its great places and people.
Maplewood's elegant boulevards were laid out to lead into newly-designed parks according to a master plan by Olmstead and Company. Wealthy Rochester business owners began to add mansions and grand houses to those already towering over Lake Avenue. Coupled with the growth of Eastman Kodak and the development of Kodak Park, the area became the home of many of the company's officers and upper-level managerial staff.
Maplewood's houses clearly reflect its history with examples spanning the period from the 1850s to the present. Most were constructed during the thirty year period between 1890 and 1920 and represent a broad range of architectural styles and economic levels, from Victorian, Tudor, Queen Anne, Arts and Crafts, Eclectic and Shingle to Colonial and Georgian Revival.
Although each house in Maplewood is distinctive, features commonly found include chestnut, oak, walnut, mahogany, or gumwood trim, hardwood floors, bay windows, stained or leaded glass, pocket or french doors, fireplaces with elaborate mantels and spacious porches. Large shade trees lining the streets, mature hedges, foundation plantings and backyard gardens all add to the charm of Maplewood's housing.
Click the links below to find Maplewood on a map and to take some virtual walks around the neighborhood!
Walk 1: Start at 142 Albemarle 14613
Walk 2: Start at 90 Gorsline 14613
Walk 3: Start at 304 Seneca Parkway
Walk 4: Start at 16 Maplewood Drive