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12 Responses to “Into the Incinerator”

  1. kmannkoopa says:

    So, they recycled (reclaimed) and resold 30% of the total waste, do we recycle that much today?

  2. Christopher Brandt says:

    Great article and photos Mike! I’m sad to know that they tore down the 1912 building. I went in there 3-4 years ago, the building had great light and location.

  3. Christopher Brandt says:

    On another note…it was a cutting edge convenience to have your own incinerator built into your home in the late 1920s. My c.1928 Teekorator (manufactured in Rochester) is still present in my basement and feeds directly into the chimney.

  4. Thanks Christopher. At the rate these tear downs are going, I’d give the the newer building 5 years to live, at most.

  5. David Hutchinson says:

    Thanks for posting the article and great pictures. I remember that there was also a city incinerator on Culver Rd near Humboldt St many years ago. My family would occasionally take stuff there that wasn’t picked up on our regular trash day. Any info on that incinerator?

  6. Zach Dumrese says:

    Very cool article.

    I thought I heard/read somewhere a few years back that this building is loaded with asbestos, making disposal/demolition very expensive. I was always under the impression that the city would rather let it sit than pay for expensive disposal….?

  7. It’s worth noting that the garage building and the building I found the “Worthington” in have both been demolished. The incinerator remains, however, probably because of the asbestos and general contamination from burning garbage.

    And if you’re going to visit, I’ve been aware I’m not alone every time I’ve been there so keep that in mind.

  8. Nick Fiocca says:

    Does anyone have pictures of the giant hole in the floor in the old warehouse that went 2, maybe 3 floors down?

  9. Schiff says:

    Tom, when you say that you’ve been aware you’re not alone…could you provide more details? I fully expect to encounter plenty of used needles and what not. My last walk down I was greeted by some tougher looking people nearby but being alone I opted not to enter the remaining structure. Still, curiosity is definitely getting the best of me.

  10. Tom says:

    One time, I actually saw a couple of people but they didn’t bother me (nor I them) and they simply moved somewhere else. Other times, I could hear but not see that someone was near but again, no issues.

    I make a habit of making enough noise to announce my presence so that I never surprise anyone. I also never take anything as souvenirs or disturb what appears to be someone’s sleeping area.

  11. Jazz says:

    I actually have a few awesome photos taken (mostly of me in one of the windows, atop the crane head) from exploring this place a few months back!

    I’m glad to see others appreciate the abandoned structures around Rochester as much as I do.

  12. Tim Roy says:

    I too recall the incinerator at Culver and Humbolt. A very intimidating structure to pass each day on the way to school. My family lived on the block of Culver that was razed for the construction of the then ‘new’ East High..when the wind was blowing in the right direction, our houses, cars and ourselves were covered with ash from the incinerator. I was glad to move out in 1959 to the comparatively ‘upscale’ North side of Main St.


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