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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Rochester Warner Family Legacy #7

The Powers building.  It is by far my favorite building of this group.  This is an example of pride going hay wire.  When this building was originally designed and built it was only 5 story's high.  It is very evident in this picture where that was. The roof use to be right where the fancy red brick work ended.  And it was heralded as a beautiful building then.

Then came the competition.  You see, across the street was another new building that was designed and built taller because the two building owners were always in competition with each other.  So the owner of the other building could say he had the taller building.  Well, not to be out done, the owner of the Powers building had the architect design and the contractors build his higher.

The other owner then added more to his and finally the Powers building got its tower and flag pole and that is where the feud ended.  The end result is a hoge poge of styles mixed together on the Powers building.  It has stood the test of time and is one of the cornerstone landmarks of the city of Rochester NY. 

This image here was created using a photo I took as it stands today and a photo of it back in 1910.  I do lament that the ground floor is nothing more then glass now, the most of the rest of the building is as you see it here.

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