Gannett Building

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Gannett Building
Rochester - Gannett Building - east face - perspective corrected.jpg
The Gannett Building in June 2010
Gannett Building is located in New York
Gannett Building
Gannett Building is located in the US
Gannett Building
Location 55 Exchange St., Rochester, New York
Coordinates 43°9′14″N 77°36′45″W / 43.15389°N 77.61250°W / 43.15389; -77.61250Coordinates: 43°9′14″N 77°36′45″W / 43.15389°N 77.61250°W / 43.15389; -77.61250
Area less than one acre
Built 1927
Architect Howell & Thomas
Architectural style Classical Revival
MPS Inner Loop MRA
NRHP Reference # 85002862[1]
Added to NRHP October 4, 1985

Gannett Building is a historic industrial and commercial building located in Rochester in Monroe County, New York. It is a Classical Revival style structure constructed in 1927, with four major later additions. It was built to house the consolidated offices and newspaper printing facilities for the internationally prominent Gannett Newspapers chain.

One of the building's most visible features is a relief sculpture over the entrance of its east side. It was created by noted Italian sculptor Edmond Amateis. The work's central figure is Truth, guarding the eternal flame of enlightenment. The figures on the left are Fine Arts and Industry. On the right are Law and Agriculture.[2]

History[edit]

The five story 1949 addition was designed by Albert Kahn to house the printing presses until the presses were moved to nearby Greece, New York and replaced in 1996. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1] and served as the world headquarters for Gannett until 1986.[3]

The building also formerly housed the local Democrat and Chronicle, one of largest papers in the Gannett chain from 1959 until 2016 as well as fellow original Gannett newspaper and later former sister evening paper The Times-Union from the opening of the building until the paper's demise in 1996.

In 2014 it was announced that Gannett was selling the Gannett building and moving the Democrat and Chronicle to a new building at the corner of Main Street and Clinton Ave on the former Midtown Plaza site. At 153,350 square feet, the Gannett building is considerably larger than the new headquarters, which is 42,000 square feet. The paper no longer needed the considerable space in the new digital age where newsprint in the United States is on the decline and the building which includes the space that formerly held the presses is expensive to maintain. The Gannett building is currently on the market for sale at an asking price of $3.5 million.[4] The Democrat and Chronicle moved to its new location on May 2, 2016.

Future[edit]

The Gannett Building post Democrat and Chronicle is focused on office use. Developers plan to renovate the building into a full office building for multiple tenants with the added possibility of using the basement and former space that once held the presses as in building parking. The in building parking however that is dependent on the ability to use a portion of the former Rochester Subway which connects with the basement via two doorways formerly used to bring in printing paper for the presses as a vehicle entrance and exit to the in building parking area. The large, open floors make it attractive to tenants. Other possible uses include part residential and part ground floor retail.[5]

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