Lehigh Valley Railroad Station (Rochester, New York)
Lehigh Valley Railroad Station
The Rochester location of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in June 2010
|Location||99 Court St., Rochester, New York|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Gothic, French Renaissance|
|MPS||Inner Loop MRA|
|NRHP Reference #||85002858|
|Added to NRHP||October 04, 1985|
Around the turn of the 20th century, the Lehigh Valley Railroad was the last of several railroads to bring passenger service to Rochester. The first passenger terminal was a small wooden depot constructed a few blocks to the south of the later station, near where I-490 passes today.
The new station was built in 1905, consisting of a passenger station and freight terminal. They are dramatically sited above the Johnson-Seymour mill race and Genesee River. The passenger station is a brick, hip-roofed, 1 1⁄2-story structure with French Renaissance overtones, including "two-toned walls, copper gutters and flashing and a red tiled roof." The freight terminal is a 1-story brick structure. The station provided passenger service until the 1950s when the Lehigh Valley Railroad lines were abandoned.
Briefly, the station served as a bus depot, but it was abandoned completely in 1954. The buildings became widely known as an eyesore in Rochester, and a refurbishment attempt in the 1970s failed. Local developer Max Farash bought the buildings in 1982 (for one dollar), and a two-year restoration process ensued. In 1985, the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- Finn, Michelle (October 1, 2012). "Remodeled depot has a rich history". Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York). Gannett Company. pp. 3B,4B. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
- Ted Bartlett (August 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Lehigh Valley Railroad Station". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-11-01. See also: "Accompanying three photos".
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