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Powers Building, 16 Main Street West, Rochester, Monroe County, NY



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Item Title


Location
16 Main Street West, Rochester, NY

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS NY-5649
Building/structure dates: 1869 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1872 subsequent work
Building/structure dates: 1874 subsequent work
Significance: Architecturally innovative for its day due to its scale and metal structural system, has been the keystone of Rochester's downtown commercial area since its construction in 1869-70. It was acclaimed as the first fire-proof structure in Rochester and at the time the only building west of New York City equipped with elevators. The building stands as a monument to the Horatio Alger character of its owner, Daniel Powers. Its multiple mansard roofs and tower raised twice in four years reflect Power's determination to own Rochester's tallest building, the dream of his life.

Subjects
Commercial Facilities


Related Names
Warner, Andrew Jackson
Powers, Daniel


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. Historic American Buildings Survey, Hans Padelt, Photographer Winter 1968 (2 1/4' x 2 3/4' negative) GENERAL VIEW FROM SOUTHEAST.
2. Historic American Buildings Survey, Hans Padelt, Photographer Winter 1968 (2 1/4' x 2 3/4' negative) SOUTH FACADE.
3. Historic American Buildings Survey, Hans Padelt, Photographer Winter 1968 (2 1/4' x 2 3/4' negative) DETAIL OF OPEN CAST IRON STAIRWELL.
4. Historic American Buildings Survey, Hans Padelt, Photographer Winter 1968 (2 1/4' x 2 3/4' negative) DETAIL OF MARBLE PLAQUE COMMEMORATING THE ARCHITECT AND CRAFTSMEN OF THE BUILDING, LOCATED IN STAIRWELL.
5. Historic American Buildings Survey, Hans Padelt, Photographer Winter 1968 (2 1/4' x 2 3/4' negative) DETAIL OF UPPER FLOOR CORRIDOR SHOWING ELEVATED OFFICE DOORS AND SEMI-CIRCULAR MARBLE STEPS.
6. Historic American Buildings Survey, Unknown Photographer, circa 1871, GENERAL VIEW OF EXTERIOR FROM SOUTHEAST, CIRCA 1871, Private Collection, Photocopy by Jack Boucher, October 1972.
7. Historic American Buildings Survey, Unknown Photographer, no date, VIEW OF GROUND FLOOR SALES COUNTER AND STAIRWAY, Private Collection, Photocopy by Jack Boucher, October 1972.


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