Main Street Historic District

Main St. from the courthouse at Court and North Sts., Geneseo, New York


Street View 


One of the most remarkably preserved villages in northwestern New York, Geneseo is one of the best examples of "Picturesque" architecture and town planning as expounded by American landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing (1815-1852) in his enormously popular and influential books. The cohesive quality of the surviving town displays a textbook of styles and is almost unique in American architectural history. The relatively sophisticated and imposing structures included in the district reflect the village's early 19th century prosperity as a market place for the valley's farming communities. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 17, 1991

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 9, 1977
Reference number
Architectural styles
Victorian: Italianate; Federal; Victorian: Queen Anne
Area of significance
Levels of significance
National; Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Business; Single dwelling; Courthouse; School; Religious structure
Current functions
Business; Single dwelling; Courthouse; School; Religious structure
Periods of significance
1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 74
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 6


Brick (42,466)
Claude Bragdon (6)
District (10,644)
Federal (4,600)
Geneseo, New York (3)
Have Street View (50,469)
Italianate (5,121)
Livingston County, New York (102)
National Historic Landmark (2,198)
New York (6,240)
Queen Anne (5,138)
Stone (26,167)
Victorian (19,703)

Update Log 

  • June 27, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett