Rochester Landmarks Get a New Life


the Rochesteriat While flipping through our brand new Rochester Landmarks coffee table book, we were immediately struck by a heading titled, "Eyesores=Opportunity".

In the words of contributor Michael Hager, this part of the book "demonstrates how much we owe to the optimists among us". We couldn't have said it better, because we believe it's those who dare to dream and think BIG in this city that will be rewarded handsomely.

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And it was this very section that immediately reminded us of the old Cunningham Carriage Factory on Litchfield Street in the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood. Although this landmark didn't make it in the book, it did receive an honorable mention in the About section on the back cover by Mr. Hager. And since there weren't any photos to accompany it, we thought we'd do it justice by including them here...the before and show just how one person's garbage can be another person's treasure for the good of the community.

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Once an eyesore to the neighborhood for decades, the Carriage Factory went from this...

the Rochesteriat this. Home now to 71 brand new loft apartments for income-eligible residents, the DePaul Carriage Factory Apartments have energized a neighborhood that was thought to be lost with no end in sight.

Want to see more: check out this video courtesy of DePaul:

Want to see another Eyesore that is changing right before our eyes? This photo of Midtown Tower was taken during Jazz Fest in 2013:

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now look at it! We can't wait to see what this rooftop glass enclosure will become.

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To see more, you'll have to pick up your own copy of this collaborative work produced by local architectural photographer Richard Margolis - with the help of many including the Landmark Society of Western New York and JoAnn Beck of the City of Rochester - or you can view his pieces up close at the Little Theatre Café until April 24th.

Next time you're driving through the city and you see dilapidated buildings, just remember: eyesores = opportunities!

Jason2Jason is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. He loves to watch the city change and wouldn't mind living in a penthouse suite in Midtown Tower. Follow all of the happenings of the Rochesteriat on Twitter or Facebook.

Richard Margolis: photographing ROC



Some people pursue jobs for the money, others pursue passions. Richard Margolis is the latter. He has been in Rochester for over 35 years and in his current studio on the 4th floor of the Anderson Arts building for over 15.

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With his own darkroom in the studio, Richard is able to develop almost everything in house. While he mainly works in black and white film which he develops, he also shoots in digital.


His work can be seen all over the city, including places like the Greater Rochester International Airport, the Powers Building, Artisan Works and The Little Theatre (see Exhibitions list). He is also currently working with the Landmark Society of Western NY, to produce a book of Rochester Landmarks:

Rochester Landmarks BookRichard Margolis Photography Richard Margolis has a heart for city preservation and his photographs show it.


As an architectural and fine art photographer, his art catalogs and shows what makes Rochester a great place to live. Shooting landmarks, buildings being preserved, the George Eastman House, and even trees, we can see Rochester as he sees it, "the things we take for granted" he said, "an aspect of history and culture, a story".

So, enjoy Richard's work around the city, schedule a visit to the studio, or from October through May you can stop into the Studio on First Fridays to enjoy his work and talk with him about what makes Rochester great.

Richard Margolis Studio: Website Facebook Page Schedule a studio visit

Studio: 250 N. Goodman St. 4th Floor, Suite 9 Rochester, NY 14607

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