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Hotel Rochester: 1908

Hotel Rochester: 1908

Rochester, New York, circa 1908. "Hotel Rochester, Main Street and Plymouth Avenue." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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National Theatre

Does anyone know anything about the National Theatre next door? I can't find any references to it.


The beauty of Shorpy! Thanks, Chip. Still curious about that upper floor where the glass is [or appears to be].

Curved Roof Bldg.

The building with the odd curved roof is the Rochester Savings Bank, built in 1844 and described by one writer as a "fancy wedding cake." It was at the SW corner of West Main & Fitzhugh Streets. Just beyond it (almost at the left edge of the photo) on the SE corner of the same intersection is the Monroe County Building, completed around 1894 and still standing. The building with the mansard roof, just barely visible to the left to the Hotel Rochester, is the Rochester Free Academy. It still stands, but has long ceased to serve as an educational institution.

The once grand Hotel Rochester building was imploded on the Saturday before Christmas, 1999; hundreds of onlookers witnessed the event.

Curved Roof

Does anyone have any idea what the building at the next corner, to the left, was? That roof area looks like glass panels, an enclosed garden room, perhaps. It is gone, I think, the "slanty" roof building is still there, as noted, but I don't think they were connected. Interesting.

Mostly gone

And even the old building that still stands is in disrepair.

1907 - 1999

"300 all outside rooms" that rented for $1.50 a night. Later it was turned into a dorm for RIT, but it was torn down in 1999.

Mostly Gone

While the hotel is gone, the building mostly hidden behind it with the steep roof still stands.

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