Building Name: Gorsline Building

Upper Falls and Gorsline Building. Looking South, the Gorsline Building is on the right.

Street Address: 418 Commercial Street

Owner: City of Rochester

Present Use (2003): High Falls Building, as festival area and office space

Heritage Status? Historic Landmark

Building Information

Gorsline Building. The City of Rochester acquired the building in the 1980's and renamed it the High Falls Building in 2000.

Date Built: 1888

Subsequent Uses: Rochester Folding Box Co. c. 1896-1916, Williams, Hoyt & Co. (shoe manufacturer) c. 1886-1925, and Genesee Lithographic c. 1901-1905.

Previous Buildings on site: First building was erected c. 1881-1882 for Steam Gauge and Lantern Co. Burned down in 1888 and rebuilt as Gorsline Building.

Steam Gauge and Lantern Works fire ruins. The effects of fire on November 9, 1888 at the Steam Gauge and Lantern Works near the Upper Falls of the Genesee River.


Design and Style: 19th century industrial with Romanesque revival detailing

Architect/Builder: William Gorsline

Construction Materials: stone and brick

The Rochester Folding Box Company. Williams, Hoyt & Co.
Advertisements for two of the businesses that once operated in the Gorsline Building (Rochester Directory, 1903)

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