University of Rochester

Tradition Building

barry house

HOUSEWARMING: University faculty, staff, and students may be gathering a little more often in a University landmark. After being shutterered for most of the last decade, the Patrick Barry House, an Italianate villa built in 1855, has been restored, and Provost Ralph Kuncl and his wife, Nancy, have moved in. The couple hope to revive a tradition of hosting receptions for faculty to get together with colleagues and to interact with students and staff. “The estate is a landmark,” says Kuncl, “and has been a memorable gathering spot for faculty, students, and the entire University community. Our opportunity to bring back this tradition has met with a heart-warming response. The house takes us all back to Rochester’s roots as the ‘Flower City.’” Originally part of the Ellwanger and Barry Nursery, the house was given to the University in 1962. Its extensive perennial gardens, designed and planted by Joyce Thompson, the wife of former provost Brian Thompson, were dedicated in her memory this summer. For more photos, visit