HONEOYE FALLS – A Perinton dwelling that resembles several large mushrooms, The Mushroom House is one of the properties featured in the January 5th presentation by the Honeyoye Falls/Town of Mendon Historical Society.
Christopher Brandt and Katie Eggers Comeau present “The Architecture of James H. Johnson” in a program scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Mendon Community Center at 167 North Main St.
Johnson built Mushroom House between 1970 and 1972. It was originally designed to imitate Queen Anne’s lace flower umbels for Johnson’s clients Robert his Antelle and Marguerite Antelle. The final product is more mushroom-inspired and has come to be called a mushroom house among locals.
The structure consists of a concrete and polyurethane pod supported by a 20-foot ‘stem’ of reinforced concrete. One pod serves as the living and dining area, one pod serves as the kitchen, and two pods serve as bedrooms. An additional half pod provides an open deck area. The home is estimated at 4,168 square feet.
The Mushroom House has been featured in TV shows such as HGTV’s “Offbeat America” series and in books such as the “Weird America” series for its quirky appearance.
It was designated as a town landmark in 1989.
For more information on the Historical Society presentation, please call (585) 624-5655.
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