In 1870 Ellwanger & Barry (and other wealthy investors) owned a spot along the west bank of the Genesee River gorge known as Maple Grove. At the time, the Lake Avenue streetcar line stretched all the way to this point, and in an effort to stimulate traffic on the trolley line, they had built Rochester’s first water-side resort; the Glen House…
Located directly below Maple Grove (now Maplewood Park ), standing between the river gorge cliff and the riverbank, the Glen House was a fine restaurant with scenic views of the Genesee River and quickly became a favorite spot for dining and dancing.
From 1870 to 1890 this was a major recreation spot for Rochesterians who were growing wealthier thanks to the growth of Eastman Kodak and the development of Kodak Park .
When it was built in 1870, patrons had to reach it down approximately 150 steps. In 1878 a hydraulic elevator (the structure to the left) was added for easier access. A.J. Warner is believed to be the building’s architect.
Many excursion steamers traveled up the Genesee, picking up and dropping off passengers at the Glen House. In the photo above, passengers wait to board the “City of Rochester” steamboat at the boat landing. The steamer leaves here for the mouth of river and Lake Ontario about 5 miles north – sometimes traveling as far as Seabreeze .
In 1889 when electric trolley service began carrying passengers all the way north to Ontario Beach Park , the popularity of the Glen House declined.
UPDATE: At the top of the gorge—near where the sign for Kelsey’s Landing are ruins of an old park pavilion. These are NOT part of the Glen House elevator as previously stated. Thanks to those who left comments.
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