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Mt. Hope Campus 692 Mt. Hope

Patrick Barry House, from the Library of Congress

Patrick Barry built an Italianate villa mansions from designs by English architect Gervase Wheeler in 1855-1857 which was his home until his death in 1890.  His daughter, Mrs. Harriet Liesching, lived in the house until her death in 1951 and then his son Frederic G. Barry lived in the house until his death in 1961.

A Queen Anne-Eastlake frame house at 706 Mt. Hope, just south of the Patrick Barry House, probably built around 1870 by his Patrick's son William Crawford Barry   William died in 1916 and his son Arthur lived in the house until 1923, while Arthur's brother Frederic G. Barry lived there until his death. 

The two houses and eight acres of land were given to the University by the Barry family in May 1963.  The Patrick Barry house has since been used as a residence by the University Provost.  The house at 706 Mt. Hope was used for University offices and classrooms for a short time after 1965 before being demolished in 1970.

1890 Patrick Barry (24 May 1816 - 23 June 1890)

1916 William Crawford Barry (17 Sep 1847 - 12 Dec 1916) Grave in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Son of Patrick Barry, father of Patrick William Crawford Barry.

1929 Deed from William C. Barry and Arthur A. Barry to Frederic G. Barry, 1929, book 1494, page 29.  Mt. Hope Ave.

1955 "100-Year-Old Barn Burns on Ellwanger, Barry Estate," Democrat and Chronicle, June 24, 1955, Page 22.
A fire of undetermined origin swept through a 100-year-old barn on the old Ellwanger & Barry property at 706 Mt. Hope Ave., shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday.
Barry lived in a home next to the property, at 692 Mt. Hope.

1961 "Frederic Barry Mass Friday, President of Realty Company," Democrat and Chronicle, November 22, 1961, Page 14.

1961 Frederic G Barry (27 Apr 1876  - 18 Oct 1961) Grave in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Son of William Crawford Barry, brother of Patrick William Crawford Barry and Arthur A. Barry, uncle of Peter Barry.

1963 Deed from Patrick Barry et al to the University of Rochester, May 1963, eight acres, book 3482, page 54

1963 "2 Barry Mansions, 8 Acres Presented to U. of R," Democrat and Chronicle, May 19, 1963, Page 1B.

1963 "Barry House Presented to UR," University Record. 3(6):1 (June 1963)
The historic Patrick Barry house at 692 Mt. Hope Avenue, one of Rochesterís most famous architectural landmarks, has been given to the UR by the six heirs of the late Frederick G. Barry.

1965 Democrat and Chronicle, October 22, 1965, Page 14.
The board also approved the conversion of a one-family dwelling at 706 Mt. Hope Ave. for use as classrooms by the University of Rochester. Several area residents spoke against the move, fearing parking problems and future expansion of the classrooms.
Fine arts students will attend classes there Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, Frederick T. Henry, U. of R. attorney, told the board.

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