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View of Downtown Rochester from Kodak Tower

November 17th, 2015

View of downtown Rochester from Kodak tower. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
By Mike Governale

Here is a neat view I came across while rummaging around in the Local History Department at the Rochester Public Library. The image is of State Street with downtown Rochester in the background, taken from one of the top floors of Kodak tower…

View of downtown Rochester from Kodak tower. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
Although I don’t have an exact date for the photo, I would guess it’s mid 1930s. The Genesee Valley Trust building (the one with the wings) was built in 1929, surpassing Kodak tower as the tallest in Rochester. Not to be outdone, Eastman Kodak added three more floors to reclaim the distinction in 1935. It’s possible this photo was taken after the new addition. The photographer is unknown.

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View of downtown Rochester from Kodak tower. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
Here’s a closer look towards midtown. The tall building in the background (with the spire) is the Lincoln Alliance Building. To it’s right is the Granite Building and the Rochester Chamber of Commerce. To it’s left is Hotel Seneca. Sibley’s can be seen on the far left.

View of downtown Rochester from Kodak tower. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
Look at all of those buildings and storefronts lining the city’s streets. THAT is a place I wish I could visit.

Similar view of downtown Rochester from Kodak tower today. [IMAGE: Wikipedia]
Here’s a view of downtown today taken from a similar vantage point. Can you spot the differences?

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7 Responses to “View of Downtown Rochester from Kodak Tower”

  1. Jon Eckleben says:

    fascinating photos! is the view of the river obscured in some of these shots because there used to be buildings on Main St.?

  2. Yes. If you look closely at the left side of the photo you can tell where the river is because there’s an uninterrupted line of buildings. You can also see a bit of the Andrews Street bridge.

  3. daggar says:

    “But… but where did they PARK?” –contemporary Rochesterian.

  4. John says:

    A lot of very cool looking buildings in the pictures. Especially the one on East side of State South of the tracks.

    The worst part isn’t so much the loss of the buildings, since not every building can stand forever, but the fact that it was replaced with nothing of value.

  5. Absolutely John. And I believe the building you’re referring to was the Savoy Hotel.

  6. Katie says:

    Can you go up in Kodak Tower as a visitor?

  7. As a visitor yes, but I don’t believe it’s open to the public. You’d need to be escorted.


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