Rochester Subway
Subscribe for Email UpdatesBecome a Facebook FanFollow Us on TwitterRSS Feed Rochester History + New Ideas. Fresh from the Rochester Subway.

Topics


Rochester Subway Gift Shop


¤ Visit the Gift Shop
¤ See Combo Deals & Offers


Modern Rochester Subway Map


Modern Rochester Subway Map

¤ View Details
¤ Buy at Reconnect Rochester


Modern Rochester Subway Map


City of Rochester, New York

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Neighborhoods Map

Rochester Neighborhoods Map

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Subway Map, 1928


1928 Rochester Subway Map

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Subway DVD

The End of the Line - Rochester’s Subway (DVD)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Landmarks Poster

Rochester Landmarks Poster

¤ View Details

 | 

SOLD OUT


Work in Rochester

Work in Rochester

¤ View Details
¤ Buy from Amazon


Original Streetart by SPACEMAN

Original Streetart by SPACEMAN

¤ View All Spaceman Art


Old Rochester Photos<br>and Historical Views

Old Rochester Photos
and Historical Views

(Framed Reprints Available)

¤ View All Rochester Photos


Rochester Subway Cap

Embroidered Subway Cap

¤ View Details


Rochester Subway T-Shirt

Rochester Subway T-Shirt

¤ View Details


Rochester Subway Token T-Shirt

RTC Token T-Shirt

¤ View Details


Rochester RTC Token

RTC Token (1948)

¤ View Details

 | 

SOLD OUT


Roch. & Brighton Token

Roch. & Brighton Token
(1887-90)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Railway Co. Token

Rochester Railway Co. Token (1900-09)

¤ View Details

 | 

SOLD OUT


Rochester School Fare Token

School Fare Token (1948)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester NYS Railways Token

NYS Railways Token (1909-38)

¤ View Details

 | 

Add To Cart


Rochester Subway Poster + DVD Combo

Rochester Subway
Poster + DVD Combo

¤ 

Add To Cart

 (Save 10%)


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (1941),
Rochester Rail Equipment

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (1938),
Subway & Broad Street

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (1942),
Rochester City Hall & Subway

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (c.1912),
Rochester’s Four Corners

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (c.1905),
Erie Canal Aqueduct

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway Vintage Postcard

Vintage Postcard (c.1928),
South Entrance to Subway

¤ View Details

 | 

Order Reprint

¤ See All Vintage Postcards


Rochester Subway + Trolley Transit Passes

Original Subway, Trolley,
and Bus Weekly Transit Passes

¤ View All Transit Passes





From Eyesore to Opportunity: Rochester’s Cataract Brewhouse

April 4th, 2012

The Cataract Brewing Company building on Cataract Street. From Eyesore to Opportunity: a snapshot of adaptive reuse in Rochester N.Y.
All the controversy over whether or not to demolish the 120 year-old brewhouse at 13 Cataract Street external link got us thinking. Those in favor of demolishing the building say it’s an eyesore and a haven for drug dealers; even prostitutes. So, just remove the building and our problems go away.

Right?

But if we demolished every eyesore in Rochester, would we have solved all the City’s problems? Or might we end up tossing the proverbial “baby” out with the bath water? Over the past two weeks we’ve reviewed at some local eyesores …or rather, opportunities, nearly lost. Those include the Flatiron Building, Station 55, Hoyt-Potter House, Lehigh Valley Railroad Station (Dinosaur Bar-B-Que), Parazin Building, Partners Building, and the Powers Building.

Tonight the Preservation Board and Planning Commission will hear public comments and decide whether or not 13 Cataract will join the ranks of the reborn, or go the way of Rochester’s Bragdon Station and others.

Cataract Brewing Company Building
13 Cataract Street

Adam C. Wagner, often referred to as A. C. Wagner, was the architect and designer of more than 50 American breweries during his lifetime. Most significantly for the Rochester community, in 1890 he designed this impressive brewhouse for the Standard Brewing Company. Eventually the building would be named after one of only five Rochester breweries to survive Prohibition—the now defunct Cataract Brewing Company.

At the time of this writing we know of only two other A.C. Wagner brewhouses still standing—Weisbrod & Hess Brewery external link in Philadelphia and Steigmaier Brewery external link in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Cataract Brewhouse represents one of the last remaining pre-prohibition era brewing facilities in Rochester. Its future is now question as the current property owner plans to demolish it for additional parking.

Here’s the “eyesore”…
The Cataract Brewing Company building on Cataract Street, Rochester N.Y.

And here is the “opportunity” we are set to lose…
The Cataract Brewing Company building on Cataract Street, Rochester N.Y.

How You Can Help…

Speak out against the demolition of 13 Cataract Street.
Attend the public hearing on April 4 and speak out for saving 13 Cataract from Demolition.Attend the public hearing external link tonight at 8pm and sign up to speak in favor of preserving 13 Cataract for future development and reuse.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

This entry was posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 8:07 am and is filed under Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Development. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

2 Responses to “From Eyesore to Opportunity: Rochester’s Cataract Brewhouse”

  1. Rick says:

    Tear down historical building to build museum about said historical building.

  2. Rick says:

    The question is this; how unique is the Cataract building. Are there others like it or is it one of the kind? Is it rare or is it just another building we can turn it into parking spaces.

    Personally I’ll be sad to see the Cataract building go. I’ll be really disappointed in the brewery for letting it go as I feel as though we’re going to wipe out a piece of history. For what, a few parking spaces.

    There are not many buildings in/around downtown that are in need of reapir or fixing up anymore. We’ve either already fixed them up or we tore them down. I can think of the old ‘Free Academy’ building on S. Fitzhugh and perhaps that old bank next to the Ellwanger-Barry building on State Street near 4-corners. Sure there are a few others but for the most part it feels like we’re pretty good as far as saving buildings that need immediate help. This may be one of the last few that we can save from extinction and we’re just going to let it go to the rubble heap.

    Cataract is a part of the Rochester skyline. It’s really a swank looking building and for it’s location probably the nicest and most ornamental building in it’s immediate area. It was designed by a well known architect and the building has a ton of history associated with it. With the old street the building adds to ambiance of the area. For years I’ve wondered why they just let that building sit there. IF we tear that building down, all of that will be lost. A huge mistake in my opinion.

    Full disclosure: I don’t have millions to invest in a building to make it sound so my vote probably counts for nothing.


Post a Comment...



  Most Popular...
  1. Inside Rochester’s Terrence Tower
    (views: 35,718)
  2. Pot Holds Bowie in Rochester
    (views: 34,136)
  3. Inside Abandoned Medley Centre (a.k.a Irondequoit Mall)
    (views: 24,843)
  4. University of Rochester’s Lost Swimming Pool
    (views: 20,616)
  5. Inside Rochester’s Abandoned Walters Psychiatric Building
    (views: 16,563)
  6. Deep Inside Rochester’s Big Old Sibley Building
    (views: 16,213)
  7. Abandoned Glass House
    (views: 14,490)
  8. History of Seabreeze Amusement Park
    (views: 13,565)
  9. The Best Holiday Light Displays in Rochester v1.0
    (views: 12,780)
  10. Abandoned Girl Scout Camp Beech-Wood
    (views: 12,703)
  11. The Old Barber House
    (views: 12,154)
  12. Durand Eastman Park and the Lady In White
    (views: 10,256)
  13. Exploring the Caves of Rochester, NY
    (views: 9,437)
  14. Inside the Abandoned Camp Haccamo, Penfield
    (views: 9,264)
  15. Abandoned Theme Park: Frontier Town
    (views: 8,878)
  16. Rochester Mafia, the Banana King, and the Infamous “Barrel Murder”
    (views: 8,761)
  17. Inside the Abandoned Vacuum Oil Refinery
    (views: 8,685)
  18. Inside 65-67 Chestnut St. – Old Hotel Richford
    (views: 6,475)
  19. Inside RG&E Beebee Power Plant – Just Before (and during) Demolition
    (views: 6,011)
  20. Inside the Abandoned Sykes Datatronics Building
    (views: 5,566)

Topics

  • Architecture (63)
  • Art + Culture (117)
  • Events (99)
  • Freebies (9)
  • Interviews (32)
  • Opinion (107)
  • Other (1)
  • Reader Submitted Stories (126)
  • Rochester Apartments (4)
  • Rochester Destinations (97)
  • Rochester Gifts (18)
  • Rochester History (199)
  • Rochester Homes for Sale (6)
  • Rochester Images (207)
  • Rochester News (334)
  • Rochester Subway (51)
  • Rochester Subway Stories (17)
  • Subways Around the Globe (11)
  • Train/Railroad Stuff (47)
  • Transit + Infrastructure (200)
  • Uncategorized (15)
  • Urban Development (258)
  • Urban Exploration (60)

  • Rochester Subway Information

    Get Email Updates...
    Stay up-to-date on Rochester-related stories, artifacts, and ideas that you won't find in the mainstream news. Totally free, never spammy, and you can unsubscribe at any time.


    ¤ See Past Issues
    ¤ Our Privacy Policy

    Links

    Get Involved...

    ¤ Reconnect Rochester

    Related Blogs...

    ¤ A Town Square
    ¤ Moderate Urban Champ
    ¤ Our Tiny Earth
    ¤ The Rochesterian
    ¤ RocVille
    ¤ Rust Wire

    Resources...

    ¤ RochesterDowntown.com
    ¤ Rochester's Public Library
    ¤ ROCwiki



    Want to Advertise
    on RocSubway?
    Drop us a line.


    Other ways to follow RochesterSubway.com...

    Subscribe for Email Updates

    Email

    Become a Facebook Fan

    Facebook

    Follow Us on Twitter

    Twitter

    RSS Feed

    RSS

    Questions + Comments

    For questions about the Rochester Subway Poster or about your order, please email info@rochestersubway.com.

    Want to SAVE Shipping Costs?
    Buy the Subway Posters at these local shops...

    About the Rochester Subway Poster...

    ¤ Parkleigh [ ...map it ]
    ¤ Poster Art [ ...map it ]
    ¤ Rochester Public Library Store [ ...map it ]

    ¤ Rochester Subway Poster Press Release
    ¤ Article by Otto M. Vondrak
    ¤ Design by Mike Governale

    More About The Rochester Subway

    Help Support...

    ¤ Rochester Subway (Wikipedia)
    ¤ The End of the Line - Rochester's Subway, DVD
    ¤ Abandoned Subway Photos (Opacity.us)
    ¤ Walking the Rails (YouTube Video)

    ¤ Friends of RochesterSubway.com