Top 10 Tallest Buildings in Rochester
Rochester is home to some of the most iconic skyscrapers that make up the New York City skyline. Our web development Rochester, NY services are in the Medical Arts building, a ten story building, which does not make the cut on our list. Here are the Top 10 tallest buildings in Rochester, as of 2016.
- St. Michael’s Church – 177 feet
Yes, the 10th tallest building in Rochester is a church. The gothic-style house of worship in the shape of a Latin cross stands 177 feet tall and about 92 feet wide. The church’s design, plan and construction took three years from 1887-1890 and is designed to sit over 1000 parishioners. It’s one of the most admired landmarks in the city, being around for more than a century now.
- Tower 280 – 251 feet
If you were around in the 60’s you probably remember the currently-defunct Midtown Plaza shopping center. Currently known as Tower 280, the high-rise building now comprises of luxury apartments and offices, with a top-floor penthouse at 251ft above ground. Fancy some Italian food? Take the trip across midtown Rochester and visit the Branca Italian Restaurant which is perhaps one of the most popular Italian restaurants in New York City.
- Times Square – 260 feet
When building designer Ralph Thomas Walker designed Times Square, he probably had no idea how iconic the building would be, some 90 years later. The ‘’Wings of Progress’’ are probably the most memorable part of the building, crowning the amazing piece of architecture at 260 feet above ground.
- Hyatt Regency Rochester – 272 feet
The Hyatt Regency, home to Hyatt Hotel in Rochester located at 125 East Main Street, makes it to the list at number 7. The 272 feet tall monster was completed in 1990 and credit goes to the overly-popular CENTRIA Architectural Systems who designed the 25-floor building.
Five Star Bank Plaza – 284 feet
Taking the 6th spot is the Five Star Bank Plaza located in 100 Chestnut Street. The former HSBC Plaza towers 284 feet tall features 560 parking spots, some 350,000 square feet of usable space and is home to the iHeartMedia company.
- First Federal Plaza – 309 feet
When you take a trip down Main Street in Rochester, it’s hard missing the architectural marvel that is the First Federal Plaza. Perhaps the most outstanding feature of the building is its circular finish at the top standing 309 feet above ground, that used to rotate a couple of years ago.
- Kodak Tower – 340 feet
Located in the High Falls District in Rochester, New York, the Kodak Tower makes up the Eastmann Kodak Headquarters Complex with a height of 340 feet. The iconic landscape has been home to the photography industry and remains home to the Eastmann Kodak Company.
- The Metropolitan – 392 feet
Standing at 392 feet, the Metropolitan, formerly Chase Tower was built in 1973 and features 29 floors. Perhaps the most notable features of the building are the beautiful vertical fins and the super-fast elevators branded ‘’the rockets’’ that travel at 1000 feet per minute.
- Legacy Tower – 401 feet
The Legacy Tower towering 401 feet is the second tallest building in Rochester. The building was constructed to be the home of eye-care company Bausch-Lomb but they later sold it to the local developers. It features 20 floors and design credit goes to Fox & Fowle Architects. Our online marketing company originally looked at space in this building.
- Xerox Tower – 443 feet
Standing at the heart of Xerox Square in South Rochester is the tallest building in Rochester. Construction took three years from 1965 to 1968 at an estimated cost of $27 million. It’s also the third tallest building outside the city of New York. The building is 443 feet high. You may be able to see some work we did for Xerox in our graphic design portfolio.
So, there you have it. These are the tallest buildings in Rochester. So, next time you are around, be sure to visit at least one, if not all of them.