Rochester NY, Powers Building

updated 30 January 2018

Aerial Survey
(isolation from Avian Review below)
I went to Rochester via Google Street View looking for the New York One-Price Clothing House at 10 West Main St. for page 68 of the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection - 1885. Here's what I found nearby:

Flying High
Grand Entrance
State St., July 2015
Apr 2012

The Monroe County Library System details the construction history of the Powers Building.

Special thanks to New York City developer Value Properties, Inc. for their successful renovation of this outstanding Rochester landmark, as detailed in the New York Times.

Before and after pictures of the renovation are featured on

In 2013, Ashley Management offered the opportunity to locate your business here:

Hans Padelt's photos (Library of Congress) give a historic view of the interior. 

Interested in seeing a contemporary view of the great stairway and a view from the top? See below:

Avian Review
April 2012
"In the best light"
Google Street View usually does not include night images, so for those interested, the above is a postcard from the early 20th century which shows the Powers Building at night. No credits or publisher information was on the card. Click the image to enlarge.
The West Main St. facade shows how architects blended older and newer styles. (Google Street View, June 2017)

Carved Ohio Sandstone graces the exterior of the original building. (Google Street View, June 2017)

Dramatic facade above what was most likely the original front entrance to the building (Jan 2016).

Older parts of the building had strong vertical elements (July 2015)
Additions to the original were not an exact match. Horizontal elements were stronger (May 2012)
3 Mansard roofs and a tower were added in attempt to make the building taller than surrounding structures (May 2012)..
"Saltshine" Covered with dried road salt, Rochester streets reflect the sunlight of a cold winter's day to illuminate the Ohio Sandstone from below (January 2016).  

In 1865, this was probably the original main entrance to Daniel Powers' bank (Jan 2016).

Another mood is created when the sun reflects off the glass walls of the building across State Street (November 2015).

Bouncy, Bouncy! (January 2016) From the windows of the Powers Building the sun bounces off a Powers Building onto the glass surfaces next door, which illuminates the Powers Building, whose image then appears on the glass wall.
Streetlights cast shadows (September 2016) on the 1st floor
Returning to Rochester to investigate the location of G. Gould & Company's Fine Shoes (16 State St. and 3&5 Exchange Place), I came upon the Powers Building in yet a different light:

The Powers Building is always fascinating for the photographer! Artistic Google accepted an enhanced version of this view for display as part of that fine Street View derivative Collection.
"Land Yachts" wait for the light across from the Powers building in 1968. This photo shows that the Monroe County Savings Bank had moved into the Powers Building from its original home, now occupied by the First National Bank. The Powers Building at this stage was suffering from haphazard small renovations, none of them in keeping with the original character of the building.
(This neighboring building was built for the Monroe County Savings Bank in 1924)

Rochester also hosts some fine street art. Here's an Atlantic Avenue example from Google Street View July 2015:

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