458-466 West Main Street
For the best viewing cross to the South side on West Main Street.
Commercial buildings played a major role in the neighborhood, providing opportunities to work, shop, and purchase services in close proximity to home. The three buildings at 458-466 West Main Street were constructed in the late 1800s.
The center building, 462 to 464 West Main Street, is the earliest, constructed between 1884 and 1888. This building is a Queen Anne multi-use structure with distinctive metal cornices, detail brackets, pinnacles, and a pointed gable. It features a cast-iron store front and a projecting bay window, decorated with Japanese style lattice work.
The building to the east, 466 to 466 ½, is elaborately detailed, and reminiscent of the style of Norman Shaw in England. The façade includes intricately detailed dormers with arched gables, multi-paned windows, pilasters, a slate roof, and the original castiron store front. Projecting bay windows are trimmed with pressed metal detailing and scalloped shingles.
The building to the west, 458 to 458 ½, also has features of this style, including decorative gables and projecting bays with basket weave designs. The façade includes a floral pattern in the gables, decorative brackets, a cast-iron store front, and a slate roof.
These Shaw-inspired buildings of the late nineteenth century are the only surviving commercial buildings of their type in Rochester today.