|145 Culver Road, Rochester NY, 14620|
|City of Rochester - Details about the project|
Culver Road Armory is located across from Cobbs Hill Park in the Upper Monroe Avenue Neighborhood. It was constructed in 1916 under the ownership of the Army National Guard. It was maintained as home to the 121st Calvary Division stables and training ground. It also contained the Troop H barracks, offices, recreation rooms, a cafeteria, saddle rooms, supply rooms, ammunition storage, parade grounds, an indoor firing range, and a huge indoor drill hall complete with spectator stands.
The Culver Road Armory was expanded mid-century to include a third story to accommodate the consolidation of Upstate cavalries.
Its post-cavalry function evolved into the Army Vehicle Maintenance Garages, where gasoline & diesel vehicle fuel was stored. The site included a vehicle repairs and maintenance garage, along with facilities for battery neutralization, disposal, vehicle paint, and body maintenance. As home to four National Guard units, Rochester city records show approved occupancy levels up to 2,500 persons for activities related to the drill hall, athletic events, and dinners during that time period. Other Federal operations included induction ceremonies held in the main building.
In 1947 the 209th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group obtained Federal status as the 898th automatic weapons Battalion led by Lt. Col. Hartley White of Rochester. Hundreds of military and nonmilitary persons would attend Troop F anniversary celebrations, including their Silver Anniversary, in the main Armory building with jazz bands and dinner.
A New Life
As of 2012 the building, now decommissioned, is being transformed into a mixed-use development containing apartments, offices, retail space, an art gallery, and a performing arts center. The 100,000 square-foot space will feature such cutting-edge design elements as:
Glowing frame-like vestibules at key entry conditions which extend through the façade;
Large full height butt-glazed glass panels which bring a new and welcoming transparency to the building;
A new museum-like glass and metal screen façade to enhance the exterior of the building.
Establishments (so far)
Alex and Ani - Jewelry store
Boylan Code - Law
Erdman Anthony - Engineering
MRB Group - Engineering
TRATA - Restaurant
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