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Home/Design 2006



The old saying goes that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. But why wait that long? Rochester is blessed with a rich stock of buildings with historic importance. Some are more obvious, like the charming Victorians and Queen Annes that still populate certain sections of the city. Others are more unexpected, like shopping centers from the mid-20th century. All say something interesting about our community.

The good news is that stories of successful local preservation abound. (Go, Susan B. Anthony district!) The bad news is that there's still lots of work to be done. Look inside these pages to get better acquainted with some local buildings we simply can't afford to lose.

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In This Guide...

  • Endangered places

    Much of our region's character can be found in its architecture: the homes, industrial buildings, schools, office buildings, and churches that were built when Rochester's star was rising. Now many of these buildings are abandoned or are facing vacancy or bankruptcy, while new developments and building projects crop up all around.

  • 20 is the new 19

    Why it's worth preserving 20th century architecture
    Sid and Barbara Braverman were on their annual winter trip to Florida when they received a call about their house in Brighton. Nothing was wrong with the Thackery Road residence.

  • Right for the part

    Where to find replacement hardware and more for your
    You love your old house --- it has charm, it has character, it has significance. But you don't love it when, say, your antique doorknob breaks off and the only replacement options at Home Depot are slick, modern numbers that scream "2006" rather than "1916."

  • Casting their vote

    Neighbors band together to rehabilitate Susan B. Anthony Preservation District
    Residents of the Susan B. Anthony Preservation District have a history of working cooperatively for the greater good. In the parlor of her Madison Street home, Anthony herself worked with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Frederick Douglass tirelessly campaigning for women's suffrage and civil rights for all people.