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1920’s Photo of Rochester Subway Construction

December 6th, 2013

Rochester Subway, Broad Street tunnel construction. c.1925. [IMAGE: Rochester Municipal Archives]
Today’s Fun Foto Friday is this 1920’s view of the Erie Canal aqueduct looking east. You’re looking at the covering over the old canal which would soon become Broad Street and the Rochester Subway beneath. In the background (center) is the Osburn House hotel. Eventually Broad Street would be extended eastward, right through that hotel. The stairwell to the City Hall subway station can be seen at the street corner. And next to the stairs, notice the construction site…

The construction site for the new Genesee Valley Trust Company building, with City Hall subway entrance on the corner. July 1925. [PHOTO: Albert R. Stone]
Here’s a look from the street – now with the completed subway entrance. That construction site is the future home of the Genesee Valley Trust Company building (Times Square Building).

The building to the right of the construction site houses the James Field Company (41-43 Exchange Blvd), selling awnings, tents, flags, camping equipment and toys. The Lincoln Branch of the Lincoln Alliance Bank can be seen at far right.

Rochester subway entrance to City Hall Station and the Times Square Building. c.1930. [IMAGE: RochesterSubway.com]
Here’s a postcard view, of the subway entrance and completed Times Square Building, c.1930.

Google street view of the same intersection today. [IMAGE: Google Maps]
And here external link a Google street view of the same intersection today.

Fun, fun, fun.

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2 Responses to “1920’s Photo of Rochester Subway Construction”

  1. Jason Haremza says:

    I love the building housing the James Field Company. I would call it sort of a late-Federal style/Greek Revival urban rowhouse/shopfront building. I imagine downtown was once full of these built in the “boom years” of 1825-1845 (ish).

    There’s a few remnants left: Mills at High Falls II (east side of State between Factory and Brown), the former United States Hotel on West Main across from Nothnagle, and that lonely little yellow side-by-side double house on North Washington Street. Reminders that there was a pre-Victorian Rochester.

  2. Matthew Denker says:

    Incidentally, this is one of those classically overbuilt intersections. I’d love to see some curb extensions and pedestrian islands here. As a place that is home to very large crowds at various times, this would help, and there’s rarely much traffic here. Thinking back to the first filling in, this area could use some series development pressure, as it has the opportunity to be a really nice enclave. The restoration of 44 Exchange and the building on Fitzhugh would be great if it kickstarted it, but as yet, I haven’t heard that.


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