Old Photo of Rochester’s Four Corners and Powers Building, 1904.

Rochester’s Four Corners, Photo (1904)

Old Photo of Rochester’s Four Corners and Powers Building, 1904. (Rollover the image to zoom)

Rochester’s Four Corners and Powers Building, 1904. (Rollover the image to zoom)

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Old Photo of
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One of Rochester’s most celebrated structures—the Powers Building—can now be yours. This photo, from the Library of Congress image collection, was taken in 1904 by the Detroit Publishing Co.

The magnification tool on this web page isn’t even good enough to see all detail in this image. Take my word for it, you can read the signs in the windows! Some of them read: “Fidelity Trust”, “Phoenix Mutual Life”, “Ashley & Loewenguth”, “One Price Hatters and Furriers”, and “Hot, Cold Shower Baths 25 cents” ...hot showers must have been a great novelty in 1904.

The construction site for the Rochester Trust & Safe Deposit Co. building can be seen in the lower left. The picket-like debris must have been crating for round pre-cut stones used to construct the building’s Greek style columns.

The four corners intersection was the first 12-way rail crossing in the world. Built in 1893, this interchange was known as the ‘Grand Union’ and it connected the Rochester & Sodus Bay and Rochester & Eastern Interurban rail lines.

This picture was taken at 2:55pm according the clock on State Street. Not sure what day it is though. Pedestrian traffic is pretty light so I’d guess it be a week day.

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The detail captured in this photograph is absolutely stunning. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to the early 1900’s.



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