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Birdseye View of Fitzhugh Street, Rochester c.1904

December 7th, 2012

Birdseye view of Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, NY. c.1904. [PHOTO: Detroit Publishing Co. via Library of Congress]
Here’s a fun birdseye view of Fitzhugh Street in downtown Rochester. This photo was probably taken from the roof of the Powers Hotel or the Powers Building on Main Street sometime between 1900 and 1910. The large building in the lower right is what we know to be City Hall, at the time the U.S. Federal Building and post office. To its left and across the street is (or was) the First Methodist Episcopal Church. And across the street and to the left of it was the First Baptist Church…

You might also recognize the church in the middle ground directly behind the Federal Building. That was a brand new brick Presbyterian Church external link. It’s still there today. Directly behind its steeple you can see Saint Patrick’s Cathedral which was sold to Kodak in the 1930’s and replaced with Kodak’s new world headquarters. State Street / Lake Ave can be seen all the way to the right.

There's Buckingham Commons all the way to the left of the photograph. Looks like it was Dugan & Hudson Co. – a shoe factory.
And there’s Buckingham Commons external link all the way to the left of the photograph. Looks like it was Dugan & Hudson Co. – a shoe factory.

Make sure you click on the photo and zoom in on all the amazing detail. There are lots of little federal style houses and other interesting buildings tucked into all the nooks and crannies where you’ll find only parking lots today.

Also noteworthy are a few business signs hidden within… Martin Bros. Piano Co., ACME Oil Burning Engines and Boilers, Rochester Electric Motor Co., and Graves Elevator Company.

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3 Responses to “Birdseye View of Fitzhugh Street, Rochester c.1904”

  1. Rick says:

    Pretty nifty find! Amazing to see how the ROC used to look. No Kodak tower (built in 1914), no Inner Loop, and Church St still had churches.

    You can also see what the Buckingham Commons building used to look like as the ‘Dugan & Hudson Co. building.

  2. Jim says:

    Does anyone know what the building is directly behind the ACME Oil Burning Engines and Boilers building? Looks like it might have been a school?

  3. Richard Rolwing says:

    Any information regarding the history of the First Baptist Church (the church in the lower left corner of the photo)–specifically, how long it lasted at this location?


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