Times Square Building (Rochester)

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Times Square Building
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Times Square Building (Rochester)
General information
StatusCompleted
TypeOffice
Citizens Bank
Architectural style Art Deco
Location45 Exchange Boulevard
Rochester, NY, USA
Coordinates 43°09′17″N77°36′45″W / 43.15465°N 77.61253°W / 43.15465; -77.61253
Construction startedOctober 29th, 1929
CompletedSeptember 29th, 1930
Opening1930
Cost$ 1.5 Million (Equal to 21 million dollars of present day.)
Height
Antenna spire260 feet (79 m)
Technical details
Floor count14
Design and construction
Architect(s) Voorhees, Gmelin and Walker
Website
https://www.timessquarebuilding.com/
Detail of building showing "The Wings of Progress" Times Square Building.jpg
Detail of building showing "The Wings of Progress"

The Times Square Building is an Art Deco skyscraper designed by Ralph Thomas Walker of the firm Voorhees, Gmelin, and Walker located in Rochester, New York, United States. At 260 feet (79 m), it is the eighth-tallest building in Rochester, with 14 floors. The former Genesee Valley Trust Building is a streamlined twelve-story building supporting four aluminum wings 42 feet (13 m) high, known as the "Wings of Progress", [1] each weighing 12,000 pounds (5,400 kg). These structures are among the most distinctive features of the Rochester skyline. [2] The trompe-l’oeil style is used for the decor throughout the building's interior and features various depictions of stylized wheat in reference to Rochester's presence as "the flour city". The building originally hosted a Depression era mural by Carl William Peters (1897-1980) on exhibit from its opening that was later destroyed. [3]

The cornerstone of this bank was laid on October 29, 1929, "Black Tuesday" of the 1929 stock market crash.

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References

  1. Monroe County Library System : Wings of Progress, Rochester N.Y [slide]. by. 1985.
  2. Times Square Building emporis.com
  3. "Carl W. Peters Papers | RBSCP". rbscp.lib.rochester.edu. Retrieved 2018-09-24.

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