Short and Sweet Tour
          If you want a brief walk that will demonstrate the variety of details and styles typical of the Victorian architecture evident throughout Warsaw, this the perfect tour for you. These houses reflect the growth of the village from 1839 to 1920.

         Warsaw by the turn of the century had several churches which dominated the then Victorian landscape. Click here to see Warsaw's churches.,

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Corner of Livingston and Main Streets

Starting at the corner of Livingston and Main Streets, you will see the United Church Buildings on the North. The Church nearest to Livingston Street is the Presbyterian Church building. This congregation traces its origins to 1808, only five years after the first land purchase in the town. Architect Andrew J. Warner probably designed this building which was constructed in 1864-1865. The town clock in the tower has been in operation since 1865.

18 Livingston Street

This is an Italianate style building. It is a basically square structure with a large overhang and brackets with the addition of a wrap-around porch more often seen on later Queen Anne style houses.

38 Livingston Street

This is a small brick house with a wooden cupola. It was completed in 1838 and was the third brick building built in Warsaw.

The Valley Inn

From here, you can look down Short Street and see the Valley Inn on East Buffalo Street. This is an Italianate style building that has served as an inn and restaurant since about 1946.

The Valley Inn occupies a Civil War era home built in 1861. It was constructed as a wedding gift by Theron Main for his son, James. Edith Main was one of several children born in the home in 1866. Edith later inherited the house and lived there with her merchant husband, James Reid. Born of the marriage were three sons, James, Jr., and twins, Lawrence and Louis. On the day the twins were born in 1887, the artesian well on the east side of the house burst. It continues to flow today.

46 Livingston Street

Although this house looks very modest, look up at where the roof meets the walls of the house and you'll see a Greek Revival style return and trim board. The porch on the front was added later. This is true of many of the houses in Warsaw. Look up when you are investigating architecture. Often, you may find evidence of original construction

Continue to Prospect Street and then turn south to Grove Street. Turn west onto Grove Street. Notice the variety of columns, windows and porches.

41 Grove Street

Here you can see what is called a hipped roof. Look at the peak of the roof. There are also interesting window details on this house including window brackets.

28 Grove Street

This house has interesting porch decorations in the Eastlake style. This type of decoration is also found on furniture from the late 19th century.

You can continue until you reach Fargo Street returning to the house on the corner of Fargo and Livingston, where you can see the modern garage addition to this Italianate structure.

To view homes nominated for listing on the State and National Registers click   ELIGIBLE HOMES