Notable landmarks include (from left to right, just out of view): The National Theatre & Hotel Rochester.


Night view of the old Hotel Rochester at the corner of West Main Street and Plymouth Ave, in Downtown Rochester, NY. 

Circa 1904. 


Once located at 95 Main Street, this nine-story hotel was designed by Rochester's notable architectural firm, Crandall & Strobel in 1907. With 300 rooms, all offering window views for $1.50/night, the hotel also welcomed next door theater-goers looking for a late-night meal and/or cocktail. In 1957, the hotel was sold to the Mechanics Institute (pre-R.I.T.) to serve as a men's dormitory for non-regional students. Two years later, it was renamed "Nathaniel Rochester Hall," dedicated to one of the Institute's original founders, Col. Nathaniel Rochester.  Operating as part of R.I.T's downtown campus for the next decade, R.I.T. eventually left downtown and moved their campus to the suburb of Henrietta in 1968. The building last served for the Volunteers of America until it was left abandoned and imploded on December, 18, 1999.

Watch the IMPLOSION FOOTAGE here and here.

Present-day view would be from The North Plymouth Terrace Building on West Main Street West (Buffalo Rd), click here.

Night view of the Hotel Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

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