Rochester, NY architecture is something that we at Mossien Associates Architects, P.C. care for deeply. Often we “quiz” each other on the subject.

We wanted to include you in that novel pastime and created a short video with a quiz for you.

As you might have noticed, the video only gives brief answers. In case you want to know a little more, we’ve included the expanded answers below.

What building was the first skyscraper in Rochester?


Answer: The Wilder Building  

Architecture, Rochester, NY - The Wilder Building

Architecture, Rochester, NY – The Wilder Building; Photo by _Yoshi_


The Wilder Building is an eleven story steel or iron framed brick clad structure built between 1887 and 1888.

It is Rochester’s foremost example of Richardsonian (H. H. Richardson) Romanesque architecture.

It was one of the first to use mail chutes, an invention of the building’s architect, J. G. Cutler.

The building features rusticated stonework at the street level, pressed red brick decorated with terra cotta on the upper floors, multiple arched windows, and decorative turrets.

The building was named for its builder, Samuel Wilder, who was a prominent banker and real estate developer.



What was the first revolving restaurant in downtown Rochester?[/question_box]

Answer: Changing Scene at the First Federal Plaza. The  7,000-square-foot restaurant was closed in 1990 and the rotating mechanism was dismantled. The space is now rented out by local Rochester attorney. The building is located at 28 East Main Street.


What is the name of Rochester’s Frank Lloyd Wright’s House?


Answer: The Edward E. Boynton House. The Edward E. Boynton House was built in Rochester, New York by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. Currently the house is part of the East Avenue Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Where was the “Clock of Nations”’ first home?


Answer: Clock of the Nations was the centerpiece of 7½ acre Midtown Plaza in downtown Rochester, NY from the early 1960’s to 2008.  The visitors of the Plaza used to gather each hour and half-hour to watch animated dolls dance to music of twelve nations. 


What is the tallest building in Rochester?


Answer: Xerox Tower.
Xerox Tower at 443 feet Third tallest building in New York State outside of New York City