Powers Building

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16 West Main Street #700, Rochester, NY 14614 [Directions]
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S.B. Ashley & Assoc. Venture Co., LLC.
585 454 4840
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The Powers Building is a landmark building in the Four Corners area of downtown. It is located on the site of Rochester's very first house, Hamlet Scrantom's cabin, built in 1812.

The Powers Building was originally constructed in 1869, with additions were made in 1874, 1880, 1888, and 1891. The section closest to the corner of State Street and Main Street has a facade that looks like limestone but is actually an early form of man-made pressed stone, a sort of concrete product. The northern and western additions to the building have facades of cast iron painted a glossy gray, a very popular facade treatment in the decades after the Civil War.

This building was constructed in layers because the building’s owner, Daniel Powers, wanted to have the tallest building in Rochester. As other buildings were built taller, Powers commissioned his architects, Andrew Jackson Warner, to keep adding floors. Local folklore says that the building is haunted.

The Powers Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.


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