As promised, here is another post about some of downtown Rochester’s sights and buildings.

First National Bank of Rochester-Old Monroe County Savings Bank Building

Located at 35 State Street, this is a building I pass by at least twice daily.  It sits vacant, and it makes me feel sad every time I see such a beautiful building with no use.  It was built in 1924 in the Classic Revival style. “The interior of the bank consists of a large central banking room with a 52 foot high cove ceiling with a rectangular skylight and Corinthian order details” (, 2013).

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. According to, it is all marble inside and outside with marble pillars and a 58′ semi-domed ceiling on the main level, with murals ringing the ceiling of travertine marble. Inside are bank vaults, men’s and ladies’ rest rooms with showers, and it has a time/temperature clock with a lighted sign on the building front.

High Falls Triphammer Forge – Water Wheel
In the historic High Falls area, there is a lot of interesting stuff.  There are historic markers all over the place.  One of my favorite sights is the water wheel.  It is located at 4 Commercial Street.  According to, “A unique archaeological park, the Triphammer Forge site provides a good view of the layers of history found in Browns Race. The Triphammer Building burned in 1977. As the rubble was being cleared, a long-forgotten basement room was uncovered that housed the building’s massive (25-foot) water wheel, constructed of wood and iron” (, 2011). The water wheel’s power ran the triphammer.

“The Triphammer Building was built as a forge in 1816 and [was] occupied by the William Cobb Scythe and Tool factory” (, 2013).  The triphammer was a large heavy hammer and was raised by water power and dropped to forge wrought-iron tools.

More to come soon!