I love seeing old pictures of Downtown Rochester. Historical photos of places we see all the time are just so interesting. On top of that I work in one of the most historical buildings in the city, the old Aqueduct Building, with the statue of Mercury on top close to it’s original place. The building is located near main street on the Genesee River. As such, our building is almost always visible in these old photos.
The following is a Panoramic picture from 1906 of the Genesee River area. You can see Mercury in it’s original position above the Cigar factory. Just across the canal (what later became broad street) you can see the Aqueduct Building. I found the picture (amongst others) on the Rochester Subway site.
So damn cool.
Until a recent trip to the Memorial Art Gallery – to take advantage of Free Museum Day – I had no idea that the Main Street Bridge in Rochester NY was originally covered in structures much like the original London Bridge. There’s an excellent history recap of Main St available on the RocWiki if you’d like even more of a history lesson. An archaic style of bridge like that somehow makes me think Rochester hasn’t always been as behind on the times as it is now. After all, they had the good sense to remove it. A small digital copy of a painting of the Bridge can be seen below or see the full version at the Memorial Art Gallery.
Rochester Main Street Bridge – Colin Campbell Cooper
It’s always impressive to go and view Artwork in your local city. Even a small city such as Rochester houses some famous Artwork by names you’ll recognize.
This next painting is one of my favorites at the Gallery from an Artist I’d previously not heard of.
The Exorcism of the Waves – Alessandro Magnasco
A short time ago I found a website that has lots of historical photos and postcards along with time-lines named Vintage Views of Rochester. Apparently I’m the last person in Rochester to find it, but i thought I’d share it anyway. The following is a postcard depicting the aqueduct (broad street) as well as the building I work in (the large brick building in the center of the postcard).