View of St. Bernard's Seminary on Lake Avenue in Rochester, NY.


The seminary was the vision of Bishop Bernard McQuaid. It was designed by local architect, A.J. Warner, and built  in 1893 by Hiram Edgerton (who would become mayor from 1908-1922). Located on Lake Avenue along the Genesee River, it opened with only 39 students and 8 faculty members. After of century of occupancy, by 1981 the programs there either ended or relocated to Colgate-Rochester Divinity School (as "St. Bernard’s Institute" and then later as " St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry on French Road). The campus remained vacant for a year until Kodak purchased it. They sold it in 1992 to a private developed who remodeled the existing seminary buildings at 2260 Lake Avenue into apartments and an adult daycare for senior citizens (known today as "St. Bernard’s Park" and "Park Place at St. Bernard’s").

The campus was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 18, 1996.

Present-day view would be from Lake Avenue across from the Holy Seplucture Cemetery , click here.

St. Bernard's Seminary, Rochester, N.Y.

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