Notable landmarks include (from left to right): The Conventional Hall (known today as The Geva Theatre and St. Mary's Church.

Signage visible: Breaker, For Sale, Entrance, Conventional Hall

View of the former Convention Hall on Clinton Ave (near Washington Square Park), Rochester, NY.

Photo taken by the Detroit Publishing Company in 1904.


Since its initial completion, this building has been redeveloped nearly every 40 years. First designed by A.J. Warner in 1868, it was built as the "State Arsenal Building."  By 1907, it was repurposed as the Convention Hall, hosting entertainers (such as opera singer Enrico Caruso) and political conventions. By 1949, it was adapted for the Naval Academy. Then, from 1982-1985, after a period of vacancy, it underwent extensive renovations. The roof & rear building (far left) were removed to redesigned as "The GeVa Theatre." 


It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 4, 1985.

Present-day view would be from Clinton Avenue, click here.

Convention Hall, Rochester, N.Y.

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