In Touring Hawkeye: An Inside Look at Kodak’s Most Enigmatic Landmark, George Cassidy Payne took us inside Kodak’s Hawkeye Manufacturing Plant, considered to be one of the finest examples of “Factory Art Deco” in the world.
Today, George looks at another example of classic Art Deco architecture, Monroe Square.
Rochester’s Monroe Square: An Art Deco Treasure
First appearing in France after WWI, Art Deco flourished in the 1920-30s. Art historians have described it as “an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials.”
Rochester has several notable Art Deco buildings. One is Monroe Square. This 103 foot medical office building is located on Monroe Avenue just 200 yards from I-490. Made of concrete, it is an angular, streamlined, low-rise, rigid framed building that has many features of a classic Art Deco structure.
Photography and text by George Cassidy Payne