Sibley's: a city within a city



Rochester is a city of history. A walk down Main Street today shows remnants of what it was in the past. If your family grew up in Rochester, even if you're too young to remember, your parents and grandparents would be able to share stories of Sibley's...

Sibley's, Rochester NY

Founded in 1868 by Rufus Sibley, Alexander Lindsay & John Curr, their first storefront was often called "the Boston Store" as its founders were Boston natives who came to Rochester to go into business for themselves. We find it pretty suiting that its redevelopment and renovations are by a Boston based development company, WinnDevelopment! Urban renewal is important to the revival of our city and it's great to know that it's important to them as well, read more here.

Sibley's Rochester NY

Sibley's was Rochester's first department store (and eventually became the largest between New York City and Chicago) and it also still contains Rochester's first escalator. 3,000 people attended its grand reveal in 1937! Ribbon cuttings today cannot compare to this event.

Rochester NY's 1st escalator, Sibley's NY

WinnDevelopment's plans to bring back some of Sibley's original features, such as making the green window trim copper, and keep the ones that still exist, like these doors...

Sibley's doors

There's so much space that's not being used and it will soon have new life breathed into it. This was the Tea Room Restaurant and we can't wait to see what it becomes:

Sibley's Rochester NY

But enough with the history... how about the future! WinnDevelopment spent 10 years looking for a project like this and with renovations already underway Sibley's will once again become a vibrant part of downtown. Lofts, office space, retail... it will become a city within a city! We're thinking residents won't even need to leave the building and if they do they can hop on a bus at the new transit center! Did we mention their plans for green space on the ROOF? Because they have plans for this as well....

Sibleys Rooftop2

Sibleys Rooftop

And the building boasts some incredible views...

View from Sibley's

So, what will it be? Will you live here, work here, play here, or even open a business? Only time will tell!

The Sibley Building: Website: Email: Phone: 585-546-1711

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