Historic Structures

Jonathan Child House (Church of Christ Scientist), Rochester New York

Date added: April 26, 2010 Categories: New York Church House

The house at 37 South Washington Street was built in 1837 by Jonathan Child, first Mayor of Rochester, who lived in this house until 1850. Hastings is said to be the architect of the house. It was often alluded to as "Child's Folly". Mr. Child came to Rochester in 1810 from New Hampshire and in 1818 married the daughter of Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, one of the founders of the City.

He sold his home in the late 1940's to John N. Wilder, one of the founders of the University of Rochester. From 1852 to 1856 the house was owned by Freeman Clark. Frederick Stewart became the owner of the house In 1856. ln 1870 the house passed into the hands of D, C. Hyde and about 1879 or 80 it was purchased by Mrs, Ives who conducted it for many years as a "home for paying guests." Today it is the home of the "Fourth Church of Christ Scientist."