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14 Responses to “From the Ashes of Carnegie Place”

  1. Don says:

    The Carnegie Building was the home of MXR Innovations for a time in the early 80’s. I worked there as a technician in the basement. The company then moved to Driving Park Avenue.

  2. Charles says:

    Thanks for sharing. This old building had a lot of history. I was disappointed by the local news as they just mentioned the destruction of the fire and not the past life it had lived.

  3. Renee says:

    Thanks so much for featuring the history of this building! We drove by it hours after the fire had been put out to have a look and wondered about the history (like Charles said, not mentioned in all the coverage).

  4. Mark says:

    Mom tells me she used to work in the Carnegie building in the late 1950’s. O’Hanlon was a company doing insurance investigations. They held office space in the building.

  5. John says:

    Have you been in contact with the owner? The D&C ran an article that the owner might not demo the building.

  6. Roni says:

    John, Gary Stern intends to tear down the building and erect a new 7 story one in it’s place. He’s just waiting for the city to grant him approval.

    The building is in very poor structural condition as a result of the fire. Also, consider that the basement was flooded with water following the firefight… that can’t be good in this weather.

  7. Jeff Freeland says:

    Is it possible that it was arson?

  8. Robin says:

    I worked for Val Morgan Cinema Advertising/Screenvision in that building from about ’99 to ’06. Great location! We loved the space but ultimately moved due to business needs. I have many fond memories of Carnegie Hall, including eating lunch on the front steps, loading our UPS packages onto the freight elevator, and the friendly fellow, “Les,” who used to collect our cans each week.

  9. I used to work across the street in the 80’s and there was a typesetting business in the basement and Bob Wright Studios was on the top floor.

  10. Kyle says:

    here is a (very) poor quality time lapse video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ7NYE9ZbL8

    near the end you see the ball of fire being pulled from the building.

    fire must have been between the walls (electrical)?

  11. Evan Lowenstein says:

    I am trying to get Gary Stern, owner of the Carnegie, connected to Experienced Bricks, a WNY company that salvages and re-sells/reuses historic building materials. Would be a shame for those bricks to be landfilled.

  12. Douglas Fisher says:

    “The decision is in: The fire-damaged Carnegie building on North Goodman Street will be demolished, perhaps as soon as next week.”

    Had to try to save this wonderful building, and certainly worth doing so, despite the obstacles. Rehabilitation was certainly a viable option, but was not as simple for everyone as was demolition. The easier method was selected, with none of the persons involved in the process seriously examining HOW to rehabilitate the building, instead simply brushing aside that alternative.

    Most of the original post-and-beam construction of this century-old building survives in good condition, as I witnessed inside the building. The undamaged vertical timbers inside the building bore the weight of all transverse horizontal beams. The exterior walls were designed to bear their own weight on a free-standing basis.

    These exterior walls supported only the extremities of the horizontal beams, which were already being cantilevered from interior vertical posts.

    The only wall removal that has happened thus far was the middle section between two corners on the North Goodman Street side, where the surviving parts of the walls constituted right-angle bracing to the longer front and back walls. The structural situation parallels the similar configuration on West Main Street in the Nothnagle Building, whose design a Carnegie Building rehabilitation may well have emulated.

    The hearing officer could just as easily have found that any danger to the public was in abeyance while the chain link fence around the building stayed in place during rehabilitation work.

    As the Democrat & Chronicle reported:

    “The decision is in: The fire-damaged Carnegie building on North Goodman Street will be demolished, perhaps as soon as next week.
    “After a hearing last week on its fate, a hearing officer has determined that the building is an imminent danger to the public and should be demolished, according to James Smith, the city’s communications director.

    “The three-story brick building, part of the original University of Rochester campus, was damaged in a Jan. 27 fire. Engineers hired by both the city and owner Stern Properties said the blaze structurally compromised the building and that it should be torn down.

    “Only Douglas Fisher, an attorney who is interested in historic preservation, argued in favor of trying to save the building at last week’s hearing.

    “Gary Stern of Stern Properties said Thursday he expects to have the building taken down next week.

    “Stern previously said he plans to rebuild on the same site.”

    DRILEY@DemocratandChronicle.com

    Per: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/03/05/rochester-university-stern-properties-carnegie-building-fire-demolition/24438561/

  13. Liz Knudsen says:

    I worked at Bob Wright Creative, which for a long time occupied the entire 3rd floor of Carnegie Place, for 7 years in the 1980s and ’90s. Great memories of wonderful people and a beautiful old building. Sitting on those front steps eating lunch with my friends, under that lovely ancient tree, are cherished memories. The fire is a tragedy–like the loss of a friend.


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