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As Bausch + Lomb prepares to move its headquarters to New Jersey, let’s remember days gone by.


Bausch + Lomb, which started in the Reynolds Arcade Building, built this factory in 1874 at St. Paul and Vincent. It was torn down in 1977.


The St. Paul factory had many additions by 1899. when this photo was taken. About 1,000 people worked there at the time.


Glass plant on Genesee River in 1915. It produced optical glass needed for World War I.


St. Paul St., ca. 1930-1955


Postcard featuring St. Paul plant.




Aerial view of St. Paul plant


Edison Tech High School located in B + L building, 1935


Edward Bausch, son of company founder,donated his East Ave. mansion and grounds to what would be the Rochester Museum and Science Center.


B + L built a $50 million headquarters downtown that opened in 1995.



Links of the Day:


Since 2000, the Rochester area has lost more than 18,000 jobs. 

– Great story of what happened when Syracuse man discovered his father’s World War II uniform was put in the trash.

– Here’s the lunacy of state rules under No Child Left Behind: More than 2,000 Buffalo students request transfers from their failing schools. Somehow, the district is required to honor those requests.

– The New York State lottery still hasn’t paid the Syracuse man who had his $5 million ticket stolen by store owners.

– A Gannett newspaper plans to charge subscribers different rates, like cable companies do. Could this happen to the D&C?

Germany promises daycare to all parents.

7 Responses to B + L, Days Gone By

  1. August 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm Mittens responds:

    Let’s remember the days gone by, and let’s remember to never support a company that has slapped our community in the face in such a disrespectful and devastating manner. I don’t know about you guys, but I will never purchase another Bausch + Lomb product again.

  2. August 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm Sarah J responds:

    @Mittens – Yes you will. Valeant will rename B&L products. Unless you do research, you will never not know that you are buying a B&L or Valeant product.

  3. August 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm Sarah J responds:

    “you will never know..” Note to self: slow down while typing.

  4. August 5, 2013 at 10:12 am Orielly responds:

    B&L didn’t sell out Rochester, a few executives at B&L and some ventures capitalists did. Manufacturing will stay here for the time being.
    Xerox did the same thing…moved Headquarters to Stanford Conn. years ago. But they stayed a separate whole company.

    In the free market I don’t have a problem with a US based company buying another. But when a foreign “company” buys part or all of a profitable US based company, that should have to go under Govt review and should most times be turned down. If a foreign company can make money off a us business purchase there has to be a way for an American company to do the same thing.

  5. August 5, 2013 at 11:49 am Lee Drake responds:

    How is it lunacy that a district be required to find proper schooling for students of a failing school at another school with adequate performance? How is it a bad thing if those kids whose parents WANT them to go to a school where they can succeed are sent to a suburban or better performing school on the state’s nickel? Perhaps if the school weren’t failing in the first place so many people wouldn’t want out?

  6. Ground was broken for the downtown HQ in 1995. IIRC, the building was completed and first occupied in 1997 or 1998.

    I was disappointed to not see photos of the optic center – the place most of us Rochester folk associate closely with B&L.

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