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Home > New York > Rochester > New York State Arsenal, 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, Monroe County, NY



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B&W Photos
View East, West Elevation
HB917215
View East, West Elevation
View East, Detail Of Stage Wing, West Elevation
HB917216
View East, Detail Of Stage Wing, West Elevation
View Southeast, Stage Wing At Juncture With Main Block
HB917217
View Southeast, Stage Wing At Juncture With Main Block
View South, North Elevation, Stage Wing
HB917218
View South, North Elevation, Stage Wing
View Northeast, Juncture Of Stage Wing And Main Block
HB917219
View Northeast, Juncture Of Stage Wing And Main Block
View North, South Elevation, Stage Wing
HB917220
View North, South Elevation, Stage Wing
First Floor, Stage And Proscenium, Looking West
HB917221
First Floor, Stage And Proscenium, Looking West
First Floor, Stage, Looking West
HB917222
First Floor, Stage, Looking West
First Floor, Stage, Pilasters And Frieze, Looking Southwest
HB917223
First Floor, Stage, Pilasters And Frieze, Looking Southwest
First Floor, Stage, Base Of Pilaster, Detail, Looking Southwest
HB917224
First Floor, Stage, Base Of Pilaster, Detail, Looking Southwest
First Floor, Stage, Detail, Capital Of Pilaster, Frieze, Looking Southwest
HB917225
First Floor, Stage, Detail, Capital Of Pilaster, Frieze, Looking Southwest
First Floor, Stage, Detail, Proscenium Molding, Looking Southwest
HB917226
First Floor, Stage, Detail, Proscenium Molding, Looking Southwest
First Floor, Hall Behind Stage, Looking South
HB917227
First Floor, Hall Behind Stage, Looking South
Stair Behind Stage, Looking East
HB917228
Stair Behind Stage, Looking East
Stair Behind Stage, Looking Northwest
HB917229
Stair Behind Stage, Looking Northwest
Second Floor, Window Detail, Looking West
HB917230
Second Floor, Window Detail, Looking West
First Floor, Window Detail, Looking South
HB917231
First Floor, Window Detail, Looking South
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1870, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) View South, North Front Elevation
HB917232
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1870, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) View South, North Front Elevation
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1875, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) View Southwest, East And North (front) Elevations
HB917233
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1875, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) View Southwest, East And North (front) Elevations
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1880, Photographer Unknown (original At Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) View South, Militia Assembled In Front Of Arsenal
HB917234
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1880, Photographer Unknown (original At Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) View South, Militia Assembled In Front Of Arsenal
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1920, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) View Southwest, East And North Elevations Showing Additions After Conversion To Convention Hall
HB917235
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1920, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) View Southwest, East And North Elevations Showing Additions After Conversion To Convention Hall
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1928, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) Auditorium And Stage Decorated For Political Convention, View From Balcony Looking Southwest
HB917236
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1928, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) Auditorium And Stage Decorated For Political Convention, View From Balcony Looking Southwest
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1928, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) Completed Re-decoration Of Proscenium, Looking West
HB917237
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1928, Photographer Unknown (original In Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) Completed Re-decoration Of Proscenium, Looking West
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1940, Photographer Unknown (original At Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) View Southeast, North (front) And Partial West Elevation
HB917238
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1940, Photographer Unknown (original At Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) View Southeast, North (front) And Partial West Elevation
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1952, Photographer Unknown (original At Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) View Southwest, East And North Elevations, With Mansard Roof Replaced With Flat Roof
HB917239
Photographic Copy Of Photograph, Circa 1952, Photographer Unknown (original At Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) View Southwest, East And North Elevations, With Mansard Roof Replaced With Flat Roof


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Item Title


Location
75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NY-6189
Significance: From 1868-1907, the facility served as the home of the New York State Militia, the citizen soldiers of the 54th regiment. The regiment used the building as their drill hall, headquarters and arms storage depots.In 1907, the city of Rochester converted the Arsenal into a Convention Hall, and until 1936 it served as the site for all major civic, charitable and cultural events occurring in the city. Political activities, public education forums and trade union organization efforts also took place at the Convention Hall. It was because of these events that this building was declared eligible for the National Register.The 4,000 seat hall was large enough to support world famous musicians as well, and paved the way for the Rochester Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music. Without the Convention Hall, it is questionable whether those institutions could have flourished. While the music affiliation may have had the most significant long lasting impact, the most notoriety stemmed from the building's association with New York State politics. Two state conventions were held here along with numerous speeches from politicians, the most noteworthy of which was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who is to have said that he received his "political initiation" at the 1910 State Democratic Convention. He came back 18 years later to receive his party's nomination for Governor and returned again 8 years later in 1936 as President of the United States.

Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW EAST, WEST ELEVATION
2. VIEW EAST, DETAIL OF STAGE WING, WEST ELEVATION
3. VIEW SOUTHEAST, STAGE WING AT JUNCTURE WITH MAIN BLOCK
4. VIEW SOUTH, NORTH ELEVATION, STAGE WING
5. VIEW NORTHEAST, JUNCTURE OF STAGE WING AND MAIN BLOCK
6. VIEW NORTH, SOUTH ELEVATION, STAGE WING
7. FIRST FLOOR, STAGE AND PROSCENIUM, LOOKING WEST
8. FIRST FLOOR, STAGE, LOOKING WEST
9. FIRST FLOOR, STAGE, PILASTERS AND FRIEZE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
10. FIRST FLOOR, STAGE, BASE OF PILASTER, DETAIL, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
11. FIRST FLOOR, STAGE, DETAIL, CAPITAL OF PILASTER, FRIEZE, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
12. FIRST FLOOR, STAGE, DETAIL, PROSCENIUM MOLDING, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
13. FIRST FLOOR, HALL BEHIND STAGE, LOOKING SOUTH
14. STAIR BEHIND STAGE, LOOKING EAST
15. STAIR BEHIND STAGE, LOOKING NORTHWEST
16. SECOND FLOOR, WINDOW DETAIL, LOOKING WEST
17. FIRST FLOOR, WINDOW DETAIL, LOOKING SOUTH
18. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1870, photographer unknown (original in Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) VIEW SOUTH, NORTH FRONT ELEVATION
19. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1875, photographer unknown (original in Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) VIEW SOUTHWEST, EAST AND NORTH (FRONT) ELEVATIONS
20. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1880, photographer unknown (original at Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) VIEW SOUTH, MILITIA ASSEMBLED IN FRONT OF ARSENAL
21. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1920, photographer unknown (original in Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) VIEW SOUTHWEST, EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS SHOWING ADDITIONS AFTER CONVERSION TO CONVENTION HALL
22. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1928, photographer unknown (original in Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) AUDITORIUM AND STAGE DECORATED FOR POLITICAL CONVENTION, VIEW FROM BALCONY LOOKING SOUTHWEST
23. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1928, photographer unknown (original in Rundell Library, Rochester, New York) COMPLETED RE-DECORATION OF PROSCENIUM, LOOKING WEST
24. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1940, photographer unknown (original at Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) VIEW SOUTHEAST, NORTH (FRONT) AND PARTIAL WEST ELEVATION
25. Photographic copy of photograph, circa 1952, photographer unknown (original at Rochester Landmark Society, Rochester, New York) VIEW SOUTHWEST, EAST AND NORTH ELEVATIONS, WITH MANSARD ROOF REPLACED WITH FLAT ROOF


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