Rochester's Historic East Avenue District

Michael Leavy

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Rochester's Historic East Avenue District

Rochester s Historic East Avenue District American cities and towns have always prided themselves on their grand avenues The social elite and industrial captains often transformed normal thoroughfares into magnificent promenades lined with ma

  • Title: Rochester's Historic East Avenue District
  • Author: Michael Leavy
  • ISBN: 9780738534978
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • American cities and towns have always prided themselves on their grand avenues The social elite and industrial captains often transformed normal thoroughfares into magnificent promenades lined with mansions to showcase their wealth Post Civil War America experienced a burst of this activity, but Rochester, America s first true boomtown, had already set its sights on a grAmerican cities and towns have always prided themselves on their grand avenues The social elite and industrial captains often transformed normal thoroughfares into magnificent promenades lined with mansions to showcase their wealth Post Civil War America experienced a burst of this activity, but Rochester, America s first true boomtown, had already set its sights on a grand avenue as early as 1840 The nouveau riche were anxious to establish a prestigious social colony befitting their stature Using local and national architects, landscapers, and craftsmen, they transformed East Avenue from a crudely hacked pioneer lane into one of the grandest approaches to any city in the world Although somewhat altered, it is still Rochester s most beautiful street and remains one of Monroe County s most spectacular features.

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    One thought on “Rochester's Historic East Avenue District

    1. Eileen on said:

      "In the 1960s [East Avenue] faced the same destructive forces that nearly destroyed the Third Ward, primarily urban renewal. The homes were too large for single families. Plans were hatched - one more horrible than the next, including bulldozing the whole prestigious neighborhood to put in strip malls."

    2. Ruth Harper on said:

      I really liked it. I don't know if I can really count it as a book because it had so many pictures, but I love being able to see a picture of a place right near where I live, and then also learn about exactly what the picture is. Since moving here (and especially since learning some of my ancestors lived here), I have been really interested in Rochester's history. I would recommend this for anyone interested in Rochester's history (there have to be others, right;)?)

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