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New York Central: 1905

New York Central: 1905

Circa 1905. "New York Central railroad station, Rochester." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Taj Mahal indeed!

Being the primary mode of long distance travel at the turn of last century, the railroads were not shy in building - and overbuilding - homages to themselves in the form of stations. I'm not being critical. It was their way of advertising their role in society. What better way to show your place in a city. Amshack indeed!

Replaced a few years later

In the 1910s this station would be replaced by Rochester's brand new New York Central station, about a block or two further east on Central Avenue. The new station was considered by the NYCRR to be the second best station in their system; Grand Central of course being the first. The station also won recognition as one of the most beautiful American train stations to be demolished. It disappeared by pieces in the 60s and 70s, and was replaced by an Amshack.

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