Notable landmarks include (from left to right): The Arsenal Building/Convention Hall (GeVa Theatre), The Soldiers and Sailors monument and St. Mary's Church

View of Washington Square Park from South Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY.

Circa 1909.


The land that makes up Washington Square Park was originally owned by one of Rochester's earliest settlers and entrepreneurs, Elisha Johnson, who proposed his property as the site for the city's first courthouse. After his property was not chosen, he donated the land (80 acres in total) to the city.

Mr. Johnson would later become Rochester's fifth major in 1838. Johnson Street (now Elm Street, but originally connecting to Stone Street) was named after him and the area he once lived.

Present-day view would be from South Clinton Avenue, click here.

Washington Square Park, Rochester, N.Y.

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