Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building

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Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building
Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building, January 2018
Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building is located in New York
Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building
Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building is located in the United States
Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building
Location250 E. Main St., Rochester, New York
Coordinates43°9′29″N 77°36′21″W / 43.15806°N 77.60583°W / 43.15806; -77.60583Coordinates: 43°9′29″N 77°36′21″W / 43.15806°N 77.60583°W / 43.15806; -77.60583
Built1904 (1904), 1911, 1924
ArchitectWarner, J. Foster
Architectural styleChicago School
WebsiteOfficial website
MPSInner Loop MRA
NRHP reference #84003945[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 8, 2014

Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building is a historic commercial building located at Rochester in Monroe County, New York. It was designed by noted Rochester architect J. Foster Warner and built for Sibley's in 1904. The original wing of the building was constructed in 1906 as a five-story, Chicago school style skeletal steel building sheathed in brown Roman brick with deeply set Chicago style windows, topped by a clock tower with Baroque and Renaissance style details. Additions were made to the building in 1911 and 1924, including a 12-story tower section.[2]:74–75, 78–79

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.[1]


Sibley's, Lindsay and Curr Building April, 2014

In 1905, after the disastrous 1904 "Sibley fire" gutted the Granite Building and much of Rochester's dry goods district,[3] Sibley's moved to its final location, the Sibley Building at the northeast corner of East Main Street and Clinton Avenue.[4] By 1939, Sibley's was the largest department store between New York City and Chicago.[4] Sibley's was acquired by The May Department Stores Company and the Sibley Building location closed in the early 1990s.

See Sibley's for more information on the history of Sibley's Department Stores.

Liberty Pole Plaza[edit]

Located outside of the Sibley Building is Rochester's historic Liberty Pole Plaza,[5] a public gathering space[6] containing a large metal sculpture known as the Liberty Pole.[7] The Liberty Pole has been a pillar of the Rochester Community for many decades and in many images the Sibley Building provides a backdrop to the metallic artwork, taking its place in a number of historic photos throughout the years. The current 190-foot metal structure was erected in 1965, the third such structure on the site after two previous Liberty poles made from wood in the 1800s.[7]

Monroe Community College - Damon City Campus[edit]

The Sibley Building was formerly home to State University of New York's MCC Downtown Campus, Damon City Campus.[8] The campus opened in 1991 as the college's second campus and remained in the building until completion of its new Downtown Campus, located in the Kodak Tower, headquarters of the Kodak company.[8]

Current - Sibley Square[edit]

Today, the building is owned by WinnCompanies of Boston, and is currently undergoing re-development into a multi-use building. The building is now known as Sibley Square and houses businesses such as High Tech Rochester along with 104 luxury, market-rate apartments branded under Spectra at Sibley Square, 21 units for middle-income households, and 72 senior apartments for people 55 and older branded under The Landmark at Sibley Square.[9] Retail is also planned for the ground floor of the building. In addition, the address has been updated from 228 East Main Street to 250 East Main Street in Downtown Rochester, New York at the corner of East Main Street & East Avenue.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 1/06/14 through 1/10/14. National Park Service. 2014-01-17.
  2. ^ Janette Johnstone (August 1984). "Inner Loop MRA" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-11-01.
  3. ^ Marcotte, Bob (June 29, 2009). "Sibley Fire of 1904 unmatched in intensity". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York: Gannett Company. pp. 1B, 2B. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Marcotte, Bob (July 13, 2009). "Sibley's the great was one-of-a-kind store". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York: Gannett Company. pp. 1B, 2B. Retrieved July 14, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Liberty Pole - Rochester, NY USA". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  6. ^ "City of Rochester | Liberty Pole Plaza". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  7. ^ a b "Liberty Pole". Landmark Society of Western New York. Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  8. ^ a b "History | About MCC | Monroe Community College". Retrieved 2017-10-09.
  9. ^ "Spectra at Sibley Square offers luxury living, gorgeous views". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-12-24.

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