In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about a part of downtown Rochester. It has changed over the years and it has changed since he wrote this article. The statue of Mercury was taken down and was in storage for many years. It ended up across Broad Street on the top of the Lawyers Co-op building.
The Four Corners may be the hub of Rochester, but we dare say that a book could be written about the picture above, which includes many of Rochester’s ancient and modern landmarks. We will not attempt to write a book but will mention a few of the things that come to mind as we gaze upon this ‘work of at.’ On the right we see the second Aqueduct which carried the waters of the old Erie Canal over the Genesee River. It is now used to carry the subway & Broad Street. Mercury stands aloft on the chimney of the former tobacco factory which is now used as a City Hall annex and is scheduled to come down to make way for the projected World War sports center and auditorium. The red brick building at the right houses the Lawyers Co-op Pub. Co. whose books are found in every law office in the land and have helped to put Rochester on the map. The modern building in the center, with the ‘wings” is the building occupied by the Genesee Valley Trust Co. The old Genesee flows placidly lakeward. Perhaps you can make out the tower of the Powers Building. It won’t be long now. This view will soon be a thing of the past – the same as you and I.