- Posted December 16, 2012 by
Rochester, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Praying for Preservation...
It was built in 1870 on 660 west Main street here in the city, Rochester New York. It was originally the Westminster Presbyterian church. Then in the early 1900s the congregation moved over to the 19th ward.
After that it became a social club for the Liederkranz club used for social and recreational uses along with being used as a Bible and Healing Temple.
Then recently it was purchased by developer Marvin Maye with intent to build a retail strip plaza to be anchored by Dollar General store. During his design process Maye asked the state to strip the church of its identity and eligibility for the National Registry of Historic Places, the state concurred. On the other hand the city government contends that it has historic value, and needs a more in depth review, demolition has been blocked at this time.
There have been several advocates for the preservation of this church! Several people attended the hearing along with petitions being signed. The church sets in the historical Susan B. Anthony neighborhood. Many advocates and protesters claim demolishing the church, allowing a strip plaza, retail outlet to be built is the wrong approach in rejuvenating the neighborhood,city!