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Pulaski Branch, 1933

Pulaski Branch, 1933


The city wants to sell the Pulaski Library branch at Hudson and Norton. The 1931 Renaissance Revival building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The story of the library is a rather sad. It opened as the second branch library in Rochester. It closed in 1994 because of lack of funds. Group 14621 took it over in 2001 and intended to turn it into a computer center. The association never found enough funding and eventually abandoned the project.

In the nearly 20 years it’s been unoccupied, the library has suffered extensive damage, according to the city’s Request for Proposals:

The condition of the building has declined greatly from lack of maintenance, inattention to needed repairs and water intrusion. Repairs must be made to the roofing system, gutters, and masonry. Installation of HVAC, electrical, fire protection and plumbing systems is required. The first floor contained decorative woodwork and extensive built-in shelving and cabinetry. Due to water damage, many the interior features and finish materials cannot be salvaged.

The sale price is $1,000. Developers must show they have the wherewithal to rehab the place. Because it’s a historic building in a challenged neighborhood, the project is eligible for tax credits and other incentives. The city would like to have a sale done by June.

We’ve talked so much lately about preservation in Rochester. What does it say about our city that we let a beautiful library deteriorate? I hope the building can be saved and put back to use.

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8 Responses to Anyone Want to Buy a Library?

  1. I want to buy the Pulaski Library. I can pay $1,000. I cannot pay $500,000 to rehab it. Damn…. That Group 14621 was allowed to “purchase” it but then not do any improvements is absurd. This structure is/was/can-be a fabulous community asset. For the individuals, non-profs, and corporations in greater-Rochester for whom half a mill really is doable — step up. The revitalization of this property could, in a very real way, revitalize a good part of that northern city community. Great federal/mid-revival architecture to boot!

  2. Seeing the photo of the Pulaski Library brought back memories. I had my very first part-time job there as a library page, when I was a junior and senior at Franklin High School from 1965-1967.

  3. January 16, 2013 at 6:43 am Bill Finch responds:

    I am interested in buying the Library. How do we go about it? Please reply.

  4. January 16, 2013 at 9:14 am Jim Tausch responds:

    It was my first job also — we lived next door to Mrs. Connelly (can’t remember her first name!) and she gave me my first job there in 1976, and I worked there all through high school. It was such a great job!

  5. Considering that access to self selected reading material is the number one factor in reading ability, was it a good idea to kill a library in the 14621 district?

  6. See this link for a Life magazine article about what that area used be like. Franklin High, model for the American High School in 1941. Warning: there is a picture of naked students showering (male butts) and the page before shows a classroom of American students doing the ‘Hitler salute’ as all Americans did before WW2. From that to a non profit neighborhood group that misappropriates tax dollars for it’s own agenda and can’t even keep a building livable. Nice.

  7. March 24, 2013 at 1:03 am syjesman brown responds:

    I want to buy this building and do reconstruction in it. Me and my wife have many ideas and thoughts of ways to use this building to give to back not just to the community but to rochester. I might not want to turn it back into a library,but use it for resouses to help and inspire the youth, and emloyment ,and housing,fundrasing. A facility that includes all in one and more.

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