8 King Street
This two-story brick home was built in the Second Empire style, popular between 1865 and 1880, and known for its distinct resemblance to French architecture of the time. Features of this Second Empire house include a mansard roof with iron cresting, a central tower with a cross motif set into brick, bracketed eaves, decorative dormers, and round-headed hood moldings over the windows and front entrance. A multi-level deck off the second-story sunroom offers a panoramic view of downtown Rochester.
The home was built in the 1870’s, and Henry Fish, an Assembly member and Mayor of Rochester lived here. Once active in the transportation and warehouse business, he later turned to real estate and politics. Mayor Fish was considered a progressive and, in 1882, was mentioned as a probable candidate for governor. Grover Cleveland, the future U.S. President, was nominated instead.