5 South Madison Park
This board and batten house was constructed in the 1840s. While it is a smaller version of a Greek Revival home, it is an excellent example of the style.
This home was constructed with posts and beams, in the way a barn might be constructed, rather than one story on top of another in the way homes are usually constructed now. It is a rare surviving example of an unaltered vernacular residence in Rochester. The house was once the home of Mary B. Allen, a well-known educator in Rochester.
Mary Allen traced her family to the Mayflower, and was a relative of Ethan Allen, the Revolutionary War hero. Allen taught many of Rochester’s most prominent male residents at the Rochester Free Academy and the Monroe Academy. She also headed the Allen Female Seminary on Oak Street. In 1866, she married Moses B. King and moved to his home at 31 Madison Street.