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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Cook Opera House: 1906

Cook Opera House: 1906

Circa 1906. "South Avenue -- Rochester, New York." Home to trusses, vaudeville and streetcars, and probably a Painless Dental Parlor or two concealed from view. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Long gone,

the Cook Opera House site is now occupied by a large, featureless convention center. The tall Granite Building at center right remains, as does the ironfront Warner Building just behind it, plus the distant block of buildings in the background where the street veers to the right. These surviving 19th century buildings have been extensively restored and this is still a fairly busy part of 21st century Rochester, with comparable amounts of daytime foot traffic.

Colleague of mine

Geo. R. Fuller - Mfrs. of Trusses, Artificial Limbs - he's a collegue of mine. Would be interesing to visit this workshop. Remember: The Civil War was at that time just 41 years past. There was surely a market for artificial limbs!

That's the Granite Building in the backgound


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The theatre is long gone, of course. There's a convention center where it once was. Which is probably for the best-- downtown rochester is a ghost town after 6PM. Somehow gutting your city center to make parking lots and a noose-like expressway loop doesn't keep the city vital.

Upstairs at Rutz's

A young Minnesota Fats is flipping a coin for the break.

 
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