Notable landmarks include (from left to right, just out of view): East Savings Bank, Hotel Seneca, Lyceum Theatre, Victoria Theatre, Temple Vaudville Theatre, Hotel Hayward, and the Whitcomb House.

Signage visible: ...(Esther) Trant Church Goods & Stationery; Books, Stationery and Engraving, Breaker, Hotel Seneca.

View looking down South Clinton Avenue in Downtown Rochester, NY. 

Circa 1909. 
Photo: A. Newman

Upon razing the First Universalist Church (built in 1847) at 26 Clinton Avenue in 1907, the 7-story Beaux-Arts/ French Renaissance Hotel Seneca was designed by Buffalo's notable architectural firm, Eisenwein & Johnson and completed on September 14, 1908. With 350 rooms at $1.50/day, it rivaled the (former) Hotel Rochester (formerly located on West Main St and Plymouth Ave) until 1924, when it expanded, adding a 14-story tower for a combined total of 502 rooms.  In 1957, the hotel was purchased by the Manger chain, renamed the "Manger Hotel" and functioned as the largest hotel in Rochester (with it's famous Purple Tree Lounge) until it, too, was razed in 1969. In its memory, the 3-story, Seneca office building was built in 1972, renovated in 1983 and again in 2013, for Windstream Communications and The Gannett Company.

Present-day view would be from the Clinton Avenue / East Main Street intersection,  click here.

Hotel Seneca, Rochester, N.Y.

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