Notable landmarks include (from left to right): Wiltsie & Crump Building



View of Main Street approaching Monroe Avenue (US-31), Pittsford, N.Y.
Circa 1907.


Formerly known as the town of Northfield, ​​​​Pittsford was settled in 1796 and incorporated in 1827. It was named by War of 1812 hero, Colonel Caleb Hopkins, after his birthtown of Pittsford, Vermont.
In 1984, the Pittsford Village Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. was added to the list.

The Queen Anne-style brick building gracing the northeast corner of North Main Street and Monroe Avenue bears the surnames of two of Pittsford’s most successful merchants: James Wiltsie & Shelley Crump.  In 1867, he purchased the four corners general store that would later don his name. Wiltsie asked one of the former shop’s employees, Shelley Crump, if he would be interested in staying on with the business, and the young man agreed. Five years later, Wiltsie invited Crump to be his partner. Tragedy struck the Wiltsie & Crump store in 1886, when one of the worst fires in Pittsford’s history broke out at the four corners on July 5. The new Wiltsie & Crump building, a beautiful red brick structure with Medina sandstone sills, a gabled parapet and a corbelled cornice, held its grand reopening on Nov. 30, 1886.Crump eventually bought out James Wiltsie’s interest in the store, and rebranded the business S.G. Crump & Sons.In the 1910s, in addition to its usual fare of groceries, dry goods, stationary, paints and hardware, Crump & Sons became the first business in Pittsford to sell gasoline to budding motorists. After Shelley Crump passed away in 1926, his sons Claude and Samuel took the helm and renamed the shop S.G. Crump’s Sons. The successful business remained in operation until 1937, making it one of the longest continuing general stores in Monroe County.The Wiltsie & Crump building has remained a retail space ever since, housing at various times Hart’s Market, Paine & Cramer Drugs, Hunter’s Village Pharmacy, and most recently, Embrasse-Moi Lingerie.

 

Present-day view would be from the Phoenix Building, click here.

Main Street, Corner of Monroe Avenue, Pittsford, N.Y.

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