Notable landmarks just out of view: the old Masonic Temple, (now Rochester Broadway Theatre League Auditorium Theatre).
View of the New York State Armory (Main Street Armory) East Main Street heading away from Downtown Rochester, NY.
Designed by state architect, George L. Heins, and built in 1905 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Main Street Armory had served as the headquarters for western New York’s 3rd Battalion for the final training and processing of war-bound soldiers. It also served as venue for circuses, concerts, balls, auto shows. It was home field to the Rochester Iroquois indoor lacrosse team, the home court to the Rochester Centrals, (the city’s first professional basketball team) and the home court for East High School.
Ultimately, the opening of the War Memorial in 1955 assumed the majority of the Armory’s signature events.
By 1990, the military had vacated the structure after assessing that renovations would be too costly. After standing abandoned for nearly a decade, this Romanesque, "Castle on Main Steet" was refurbished and made fully operational by 2006; once again serving as one of Rochester's unique entertainment venues.
Present-day view would be from across the street where the old Masonic Temple resides, click here.
New York State Armory, Rochester, N.Y.
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