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Conkey House - Lockport, NY
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
N 43° 09.726 W 078° 40.153
17T E 689481 N 4781453
Quick Description: The Conkey House is one of several of the "Stone Buildings of Lockport, NY".
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 6/10/2007 6:13:05 PM
Waymark Code: WM1NRF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 38

Long Description:
The Conkey House is historically significant for its association with the commercial and industrial impact of the Erie Canal on upstate New York and the settlement of Lockport, NY. The house is representative of the modest scale and use of readily available native stone that typified much of Lockport's domestic architecture during the third and fourth decades of the 1800s. The construction was made possible by the discarded rock provided by the Erie Canal enlargement project begun in the late 1830s. It is also historically significant for its association with one of Lockport's earliest settlers.

James Conkey was one of the earliest settlers to clear land in the location of the present city of Lockport. Conkey arrived from Orwell, VT in 1815 and purchased 50 acres from the Holland Land Company and 59 acres from Alexander Pound. In the area of the present house, Conkey began clearing land and constructed a log cabin.

In 1840, Conkey built a road from his house down to the canal. He began hauling the discarded stone from the canal widening project to this property for a new stone house. The house was finished in 1842 and he lived in it until his death in 1857. After Conkey's death, the house remained in the family, occupied by his two children. His son Holmes lived in the house until his death in 1937. The house was finally sold outside the family in the 1960s. Today it remains as a private residence.

The design of the house is an interpretation of the Federal style of architecture. It is relatively simple in decoration, relying on the Federal molded cornice to accentuate its form. The modest scale and simple form are typical of the period. The front of the house uses more highly finished and expensive stone, while the sides used a lesser quality stone.

Street address:
202 Akron St
Lockport, NY United States

County / Borough / Parish: Niagara

Year listed: 2003

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1825-1849

Historic function: Domestic: Single Dwelling

Current function: Domestic: Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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