Monday, May 10, 2010
Waiting for Batman
The building located at the corner of Broad and Exchange Streets was the headquarters of the Genesee Valley Trust Company. The building was completed in 1930, and ironically, the cornerstone for this large structure (designed by Voorhees, Gmelin, and Walker) was laid on October 29, 1929, the day of the stock market crash that started the Great Depression.
According to the Greater Rochester Visitors Association, the massive "Wings of Progress" atop of the Times Square Building was the work of architect Ralph T. Walker who is said to have conceived the design while walking on a beach in the 1920s. He found four seashells that suggested to him "a sense of flight.... a sense of upward lift," which he subsequently incorporated into his building.
Currently, the building houses a branch of Citizens Bank, in addition to other office space. It is considered one of the major landmarks of the Rochester Skyline.