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Brown's Race Historic District Tour (Self Guided), Rochester

Brown's Race area is one of the most valuable districts in the city, illustrating the inceptions of many important brands and inventions. The area comprises historic buildings, which houses valuable factories, and gives you the opportunity to get familiar with Rochester's industrial history. Take this tour and discover the wonders of Brown's Race district.
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Brown's Race Historic District Tour Map

Guide Name: Brown's Race Historic District Tour
Guide Location: USA » Rochester (See other walking tours in Rochester)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: Linda
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • High Falls
  • Pont de Rennes Pedestrian Bridge
  • Center at High Falls
  • Triphammer Forge Site
  • Terrace Park
  • Partners Building
  • Parazin Building
  • Button Factory Building
  • Kodak Tower
High Falls

1) High Falls (must see)

The Browns Race district is also named High Falls, because of the famous waterfall with the same name on the river Genesee, which provided power for water mills and contributed to the development of the industrial area. With a height of about 96 feet, the waterfall fits amazingly naturally in an urban atmosphere, thus creating a marvellous view that is a "must see" in Rochester. Below the waterfall one can see the interesting gorge, created by the mills.
Pont de Rennes Pedestrian Bridge

2) Pont de Rennes Pedestrian Bridge (must see)

The Pont de Rennes Pedestrian Bridge was established in 1982 to replace The Platt Street Bridge. The bridge takes its name from Rochester's sister city in France, Rennes. Being a walking bridge, with benches on which to sit, it offers an astonishing view of the sedimentary formations of rocks, that are over 400 million years old, and of High Falls of the Genesee River, which is one of the most attractive sights in the city.
Center at High Falls

3) Center at High Falls

The Center at High Falls, formerly The Rochester Water Works, was established in 1873, having as its purpose to provide a high pressure water system for Rochester. The building is designed in High Victorian Gothic style, with an interesting cast-iron cornice. Nowadays, this site houses the High Falls Museum, which provides an overview of the area's history, culture and commerce, and has an Art Gallery and a gift shop. The center can be visited Wednesday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturdays from 12 to 6 pm Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.
Triphammer Forge Site

4) Triphammer Forge Site

Triphammer Forge Site presents a little part of the region's history, being a unique architectural park and a worthwhile attraction of the city. Previously, The Triphammer Building was situated on this site , established in 1816 as a forge and housing the William Cobb Scythe and Tool factory. Unfortunately, in 1977, the building burned and all that remained was the basement room with a huge water wheel, forming an interesting composition that can be seen today.
Terrace Park

5) Terrace Park

Terrace Park offers a breathtaking view of the High Falls and the river gorge. It was established on a portion of the former Gorsline Building and is the only place from which you can see three important city landmarks, namely the lip of High Falls, seen from the eastern part, the authentic wheel pit of Rochester's early saw mill, and The Leap, a small balcony from which Sam Patch, a famous American daredevil, made his last jump in 1829.
Partners Building

6) Partners Building

Partners Building has much historic value, having been established in 1880 as a home for the J. K. Hunt Paper Box Company, which was providing paper boxes of every dimension and form. The building has an exclusive arched brick and steel structure, and is resistant to fire and earthquakes. Later it housed the Canfield & Tack printing company and now it is an office building, named Partners and Napier, after the resident advertising company.
Parazin Building

7) Parazin Building

Parazin Building, erected in 1826, was the prime house of the Seyle Fire Engine Company, where the first fire engines were produced and provided to adjacent cities of the New York State. The building represents typical architecture of the district at early times; the first two floors are designed with coursed stone rubble and the two upper floors, with random ashlar stone.
Button Factory Building

8) Button Factory Building

Button Factory Building was established in 1904, housing the former Rochester Button Company, founded in 1887 by Moses B. Shantz. Producing buttons from vegetable ivory, plastic and milk curd, the company became one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of buttons, until 1990, when its activity came to end. Today this important historic building houses some commercial offices.
Kodak Tower

9) Kodak Tower

Kodak Office Tower is the seat of one of the most successful American brands, Kodak, the leader in the film and camera industry; it was established in 1892 by an amateur photographer, George Eastman, and became the city's main industrial employer. The tower itself was built in 1914 and is a sixteen-storey building, with three additional floors, roof and cupola having been added in 1930; it has interesting architectural elements and big historic value.

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