Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Rochester Warner Family Legacy Day 3
So, when they fire was out they looked to the new property and quickly built a temporary building to house the store and with in months were doing business. What probably saved the company was probably the fact that even though all their records were destroyed, telling them who owed them how much for items purchased before the fire, people came in and still payed about 90% of that money.
Over the next two years and the current building was built different departments kept moving from place to place within the building as sections were finished. The original building ended construction were you see the drawing above. Over the years more floors were added and changes were made to the one they already had.
By the time Juli and I moved here most of the building sat vacant, Its clock tower dormant for years. Only Monroe Community College and a few small shops remained. Now, though, that is going through a major renovation. Its' newest owners are pumping 200 million into it. From the tower down everything is being restored or renovated into mixed usage space, from retail, restaurant, business and residential. The roof is even getting a make over. Some changes have already started happening.
This is one example of a historic landmark coming back into the spotlight..