This article is about a new church being built for the Holy Rosary parish on Lexington Avenue in Rochester. The church didn’t make it to one hundred years. The church was closed in March 2008 as most members had moved to the suburbs. The church was re-purposed as a community center. The rectory, convent, and school were all converted to low priced apartments. The article New Life for Holy Rosary Church & Neighborhood (from 2014) has both an account of the renovation and some great pictures of the church and other buildings.
THE CATHOLIC JOURNAL
April 7, 1916
Ground will be broken in a few days at Lexington avenue and Finch street for the new church and rectory for Holy Rosary parish, of which Rev. A. A. Hughes is pastor.
The illustration shows the church and rectory connected by a cloister. they will be of Spanish mission design, constructed to harmonize with modern conditions, built of warm, gray rough-texture brick and trimmed with a red Spanish tile roof.
The church will have the customary mission bell tower over the rear cloister. The chief features of the front are its mission rose window and triple entrance, embellished with faience tile and stone carving, with niches with statues at either side of the main entrance.
The church can be described as having a large vestibule with circular ends, one for the baptistry and the other with stairs running to choir gallery. The nave is of great width, with ambulatory aisles separated by brick piers, which support the clear story walls above. The pews are placed in the nave between the piers, thereby giving an unobstructive view of services. Side chapels are situated each side of the triumphal arch. The sanctuary has ambulatory passages on both sides, and next to these on either side are the vestry and sacristy. The main ceiling is vaulted, of wood and plaster, with ornamental wood brackets.
The aisles, vestibules and sanctuary are of marble and tile. The walls will be decorated in a scheme to harmonize. The windows will be of stained glass. The seating capacity will be between 750 and 800.
There is a side entrance from Finch street; also a side front entrance to the church office at the church end of the front cloister. The rear cloister connects the sacristy to the rear entrance hall of rectory.
The rectory is of sixteen rooms. It has large living rooms, reception rooms, etc., on first floor, with studies and sleeping rooms on the second floor. The third floor is given over to servants quarters.
The buildings will be built after plans prepared by Cornes, Kauzor & Eldridge, architects of this city, at a cost of $60,000, exclusive of furnishings.