The Abraham Wagener house is located on the west side of Skyline Drive at the southern tip of Bluff Point, overlooking Keuka Lake in the Town of Jerusalem, Yates County, New York. The residence is located on a 155-acre parcel historically associated with the property. The property is bounded on the south by the steep descent of Bluff Point to Keuka Lake and on the north, east and west by open land and woods. From the porch there is a commanding view down the length of Keuka Lake and the surrounding hills.
The Abraham Wagener house is architecturally significant as an outstanding regional example of Roman Classicism style residential architecture. Built in 1833, this two story stone dwelling embodies many of the characteristics associated with this style. These features include the dwellings rectangular massing, two story form, symmetrical fenestration, multiple light sash divided by thin muntins, ornate entrance with transom, low pitched gabled roof, second story balcony, prominent front portico with triangular pediment and lunette. The house is one of the best examples of its type in the county.
As built the Abraham Wagener house is a rare example of early nineteenth century Roman Classicism, also referred to as Jeffersonian Classicism, residential architecture. This style was popular in the southern part of the country between 1770 and 1820. A formal, dignified style, the Roman Classicism style was based upon the ancient Roman temple form, which was initially popularized by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). The raised first floor or platform is characteristic of designs inspired by the proper Roman temple build on a podium. The four columned portico with pediment enclosing a lunette is one of the style's most common elements. Generally classical moldings are left plain without enrichment and often the monumental portico is painted white to instill a sense of mass and prominence. Massing varies, but it always consists of rectangular blocks. Symmetry is an important element of the style.
The Abraham Wagener house retains a high degree of architectural integrity and remains accentually intact from its initial construction. The Abraham Wagener property is an important local landmark and recalls the nineteenth century development of this area of western New York State.