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Park Avenue Hospital

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

Katherine Fitzgerald Osborn, a nurse at Rochester's Park Avenue Hospital. [PHOTO COURTESY OF: John Zicari]
By Joanne Brokaw

Back in May, we noted National Nurses Week with a piece on Ida Jane Anderson, New York State’s first registered nurse. John Zicari, a reader from York, Maine, wrote to tell me that he’d been doing some genealogical research on his family from Rochester, and shared a family photo of his great aunt, Katherine Fitzgerald Osborn. She was a nurse at what John had been told was Rochester’s Park Avenue Hospital. There’s no date on the photo but, John says, “She died in 1925 so it is pretty early picture of the facility.”

I love genealogy and especially old photos. But I had to confess: I’d never heard a hospital on Park Ave. Cafes? Yes. Art galleries? Yes. A hospital? No.

But as my grandfather used to say, you learn something new every day…

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Sunday, August 30th, 2015
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Remembering the Old Rochester Monroe County Airport and Murals

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Do you remember the mural at the old Rochester Monroe County Airport? A reader asked if we could share photos of it. [IMAGE: Rochester Public Library Local History Division]
By Mike Governale

I received an email last week from George Conboy, Chairman of Brighton Securities. He asks, “Have you seen anywhere a photo of the transportation mural that was behind the long ticket counter at the old airport? I remember it as a vaguely Art Deco theme of general transportation with an emphasis, of course, on air transport.”

Mr. Conboy explained that he used to fly a lot during the “glory days” of air travel back in the 1960s when he was a kid. “I just liked that old mural. I used to see it all the time and it has always been in my mind.”

This is a great question. I had been told of this mural before but have never seen it myself. Photos of it online are practically non-existent, so this one will require some digging…

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Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure | 12 Comments »

Medical Marijuana Returns to Rochester

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

A medical marijuana facility, Columbia Care, will open at Eastman Business Park this January.
By Joanne Brokaw

The opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in Kodak’s old Theater on the Ridge at Eastman Business Park has recently been in the news external link. Columbia Care will turn the leaves, stems and stalks of the cannabis plant into medicine for people with cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions. The facility is expected external linkto be up and running this January…

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Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
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Inside the Abandoned Camp Haccamo, Penfield

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Abandoned Camp Haccamo, Penfield NY. [IMAGE: Snoop Junkie]
By Snoop Junkie

Since 1955, Camp Haccamo has been a fun filled getaway for both adults and children with varying mental and physical disabilities. First established on Panorama Creek Drive in Penfield external link (just behind Panorama Plaza), Haccamo was free to the 300 plus campers per year who participated. But in 2009 camp organizers ended their relationship with the town of Penfield and moved to Rush, NY – while, oddly, leaving quite a bit of stuff behind…

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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Posted in Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Exploration | 19 Comments »

Inside Rochester’s Abandoned Walters Psychiatric Building

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Inside the abandoned Walters psychiatric building. [IMAGE: Snoop Junkie - Rochester Urban Exploration Squad]
By Mike Governale

The complex of the Rochester Psychiatric Center external link (a.k.a. Rochester State Hospital or Monroe County Insane Asylum) is legendary among urban explorers and history fanatics alike. Originally built in the early 1800s as the Monroe County Almshouse (or poorhouse), new buildings and facilities were gradually added to care for the mentally ill.

Although the hospital still operates to this day, a few buildings were closed in the mid-1990s and now sit in various states of decay. One notable example we’ve explored previously is the towering 16-story Terrence Building which looms over Elmwood Avenue. Another is the sprawling Walters Building (originally known as the Orleans Building) which we’ll be exploring today…

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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Urban Exploration | 24 Comments »

Aerial Drone Footage of Rochester Subway and Carnegie Building

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Aerial drone footage of Rochester; the subway and Carnegie Place after fire. [IMAGE: Ander Kazmerski]
By Mike Governale

A good friend of mine, Ander Kazmerski external link, just posted some sweet drone footage of Rochester. The video focuses on two sites – the Rochester subway and the Carnegie building on Goodman Street just after its devastating fire. I don’t think I need to say much about it. These images speak for themselves. You’ll definitely want to go full-screen with this one…

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Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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2015 Swimsuit Edition

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Vintage swimwear. Rochester NY. [IMAGE: Albert R. Stone]
By Mike Governale

School’s out, Sea Breeze is open, and summer is officially in full swing. But before you head out to the beaches this weekend, take note of the latest trends in swimwear. You don’t want to be caught looking silly wearing last year’s style.

For 2015, that vintage look is back, and we’ve dug up some real classics – from Rochester’s old natatoriums to the shores of Lake Ontario…

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Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Kodaki San, and The Girl From Kodak Town

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

The Girl From Kodak Town [IMAGE: AbeBooks.com]
By Mike Governale

During the early 20th century consumer photography—and Kodak in particular—was itself an emerging market, much like wearable technology today. People were super excited about these new photographic gadgets. But Eastman Kodak Company didn’t sit back and wait for customers to come to them – they advertised, and they were creative about it.

In fact, film and cameras weren’t the only things coming out of Kodak Park. In 1917, Kodak employees produced and performed an operetta (or a short musical) entitled Kodaki San. One of the featured songs was this piano tune and ode to Rochester…

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Sunday, June 14th, 2015
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Posted in Art + Culture, Rochester History | 7 Comments »

Martha Matilda Harper – Innovator in Beauty and Business

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

The building at 1233 East Main St. It's between the old Beechnut Packaging plant and Greenovations. [PHOTO: Joanne Brokaw]
By Joanne Brokaw

Driving down East Main Street recently, I spotted the name “Martha Matilda Harper” engraved on a building near the old Beech Nut packaging plant. My interest was piqued, since the building at 1233 East Main Street external link currently houses Tire Trax sales and service. It turns out that the facility is the former laboratories for Martha Matilda Harper, Inc.

I can’t believe that I’d never heard of Martha Matilda Harper, but we can thank her for just about everything having to do with our modern salon experiences, as well as her groundbreaking business methods that pioneered modern retail franchising…

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
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Ida Jane Anderson, New York’s First Registered Nurse

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

The First Location of the Rochester Homeopathic Hospital [PHOTO: NyHeritage.org]
By Joanne Brokaw

This past week was National Nursing Week external link. To mark the occasion, we thought it only fitting to take a look at one of Rochester’s many (many) contributions to the role of nursing: the Registered Nurse…

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015
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The Glen House – Rochester’s First Water-side Retreat

Monday, April 27th, 2015

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. [PHOTO: 'Rochester's Lakeside Resorts and Amusement Parks' by Donovan Schilling]
By Mike Governale

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…

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Monday, April 27th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Rochester Destinations, Rochester History, Rochester Images, Transit + Infrastructure, Urban Exploration | 7 Comments »

A Tower to Rival Eiffel’s Designed in Rochester NY?

Monday, March 9th, 2015

A Great Tower of London designed by an M.T. Otis in Rochester NY.
By Mike Governale

The Atlantic’s CityLab recently posted external link some late nineteenth-century designs for a Great Tower of London. The first one in the stack was a 1,355 foot sky scraping behemoth designed in Rochester USA…

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Monday, March 9th, 2015
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Lost Time Capsule Beneath Rochester’s Lost Front Street

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Nick Brayer preparing to lay a time capsule under Front Street, Rochester. 1893. [PHOTO: Rochester Municipal Archives]
By Mike Governale

This week’s Fun Foto Friday is a snapshot from 1893. That’s Nick Brayer, an engineering contractor working on a new sewer beneath Front Street in downtown Rochester. In his hands is a tin box. It’s not a sewer pipe. It’s actually a time capsule and he’s preparing to lay it at the project site to be buried. Looks like quite the event; a crowd of neighborhood kids have formed behind him to get in on the photo op.

Fast forward to 2015 and the burning question for readers of this blog will undoubtedly be: Where is this capsule now? And what’s inside…

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Friday, February 13th, 2015
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What is this Birdhouse-looking thing in Genesee Valley Park?

Friday, February 6th, 2015

What is this building in Genesee Valley Park?
By Mike Governale

A recent email from a RocSubway reader asks: “There is a building on Moore Road external link in Genesee Valley Park that looks like some kind of bird house, maybe a pigeon coop. It’s so close to the edge of the [University of Rochester] property that I wondered if it was theirs, rather than part of the park. Someone is taking care of it as the paint doesn’t appear to be that old. Thought its origin might be interesting. Any ideas?”

I’ve noticed this building before too, and because of those tiny holes in the upper level, I’ve always assumed it was a birdhouse. But I admit, I really am not sure. So I asked JoAnn Beck, Senior Landscape Architect with the City of Rochester…

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Friday, February 6th, 2015
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The Mystery of the Stone (Benvenuto) Lions

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Here's hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions. [PHOTO: RochesterSubway.com]
By Mike Governale

Last summer Rochester developer and restauranteur, John Tachin called up RocSubway with a history mystery for us to solve. After four months of digging, we came up empty. But here’s hoping maybe YOU can help us solve the case of the stone lions.

Cue the Pink Panther Theme Song external link, this one’s a doozy…

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Sunday, January 11th, 2015
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Posted in Architecture, Art + Culture, Rochester History, Urban Development, Urban Exploration | 24 Comments »

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