(From left to right): St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the original City Hall Building (Irving Place), the Aqueduct Building, Osburn House, and the Erie Canal (now Broad Street).

 

Signage visible: "Chas. Bradshaw Coal"

 

Boats dock along the Erie Canal (Broad Street), near the original City Hall, heading towards the Erie Canal Aqueduct in Downtown Rochester, N.Y.
Circa 1910. 

Rochester's original city hall and St. Luke's Church were both designed by local architect, A.J Warner.  The origin route of the Erie Canal (now Broad street) passed through Downtown Rochester via the Erie Canal Aqueduct. By 1918, the canal route was redirected, bypassing the city and instead running through the nearby suburbs. Some of the old locks still exist along the original stretch of the Erie Canal, the 490 Expressway, and behind Pittsford Plaza / Wegmans far parking lot.

The Irving Place Building and St Luke's church were listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1974 and April 26, 1990.


Present-day view would have been from the 3rd floor of the Free Academy building across the street, click here.

Erie Canal and City Hall, Rochester, N.Y.

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