Architecture Around the World

Corporal Hyde House
at Genesee Country Village, & Museum


c. 1870



Original location:

Friendship, NY

Original owner:

Corporal Hyde

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Original metal fence

Octagon style house

Finial atop octagonal cupola (belvedere)

Italianate brackets

Italianate brackets








Entrance hall - Italianate newel post and balustrade


Rococo Revival parlor center table

Living room

Detail from previous photo

Rococo Revival style sofa

Renaissance Revival style

Empire style dining room chairs in klismos shape

Marble fireplace (door missing)

Marble fireplace detail


Secretary teardrop pulls

When Corporal Hyde returned to Friendship, New York after the Civil War, he briefly resumed farming; acquired an interest in a shingle mill; a young wife; and a new octagonal house. He and his wife shortly joined a spiritualist group.

Hyde later became a homeopathic physician. Julia, an accomplished musician and an ordained Methodist minister, held seances (it was said) in her parlor. When Julia died within two days of her husband, the belief even among sensible people arose that their departed spirits frequented the old, oddly-shaped house.

-- Genesee Country Village, by Stuart Bolger, 1993

Special thanks to Public Relations Manager Katie DeTar and the many helpful docents for their assistance
Photos and their arrangement © 2005 Chuck LaChiusa
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