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Save This Old House – c.1870 Fixer Upper Italianate in Port Byron, NY Under $40K ~ SOLD

185 Main St, Port Byron, NY, 13140.    $39,900 Sold on May 31, 2021 for $30,000

c.1870 Fixer Upper Italianate in Port Byron, NY Under $40K


Until it was rerouted, Port Byron was an important Erie Canal Town.  In fact, the canal ran just a block from our featured home at one time. You can see it on the 1904 plat map next to the red “X.” This c.1870 Italianate with cupola was once a true beauty. According to the 1870 U.S. Census, the home was worth $6,000, quite a sum back then.

It appears that it was owned by John L. Davis (1836-1914), a successful cigar manufacturer. He lived here with his children, Charles, Adeline, Caroline, Stella Mary, Erwin, Lena and Samuel, and his wife Mary (1841-1875) until she passed away giving birth to Samuel.  A year later, Mr. Davis married Sevilla R. Randall Davis (1837-1906). He outlived both his wives, but he would be turning over in his grave if he saw the current condition of his beloved family home. FYI: The red square on the house warns firefighters and others about hazardous conditions before entering.

John L. Davis
Mary Davis
Sevilla R. Randall Davis


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Photo c.2013


Before the green paint job, the house was pink. Do you prefer the green or the pink?


1870 fixer upper home in need of finishing, open spindle, staircase, living room, family room, parlor w fireplace, . Large eat-in kitchen, larger formal dining room, walk in pantry, 4 bed rm, & bath upstairs. Large full walk out basement w brick fireplace.

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