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Westminster Presbyterian Church

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660 West Main Street, Rochester, NY 14611, United States, New York, USA 14611
Year Built/Circa: 1859
Current Use: none
Current Owner: Marvin Maye
Vacancy: Vacant
Historic Significance: The church building is important for many reasons. Built in 1859 the church is less than a block away from the house of Susan B. Anthony who fought for women's right to vote as well as the home of Buffalo Bill Cody whose family resided in the area (three sons are buried in Rochester's Mt. Home Cemetary). Frederick Douglass was also a frequent visitor to the area. Also, the church represents an evolution in style from its 1859 chapel to its 1870s addition and 1940s addition. It is one of the oldest churches in the area and fits nicely within this historic neighborhood.
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Westminster Presbyterian Church, Rochester NY

Located at 660 West Main St. in Rochester, NY the chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church was built in 1859 and became the religious home of the many German immigrants that came to the Rochester, NY area. Over time the church expanded and in 1915 left 660 West Main Street to build a new church. The building became the Leiderkranz club where German immigrants (now prosperous middle class businessmen) would socialize and play games. The club had many members including businessmen, lawyers and politicians.

There are currently efforts to demolish the building and replace it with a Dollar General. To prevent this sign the petition located here:http://www.change.org/petitions/help-susan-b-anthony-save-westminster-presbyterian-church

 

A simple brick building with chapel in front near the sidewalk/road in keeping with the style of the era.

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