Building Name: Stein Manufacturing Company

Stein Manufacturing Company Building.

Engraving of Stein Manufacturing Company Building, 1881.

Street Address: Court and Exchange Streets

Present Use (2003): Office space

Heritage Status? On National Register of Historic Places

Building Information

Court Exchange Building. Part of the original complex of buildings that composed the Stein Manufacturing Co. This structure was designed by Harvey Ellis.

Date Built: Not all of the original building is still standing.

Subsequent Uses: Parking garage. Not all of the original building is still standing.


Design and Style: Romanesque

Architect/Builder: Harvey Ellis (designed only the tall section)

Stein Manufacturing Company. An advertisement for the Stein Manufacturing Company from the Union and Advertiser, March 23, 1888.

The Stein Manufacturing Company was begun around 1872 by German immigrant Samuel Stein, who began selling his patented burial caskets. The company grew quickly in size and stature, establishing an elaborate cluster of buildings at Court and Exchange Streets. Besides the reputation of the elaborate and efficient manufacturing plant, it also achieved national reputation when the company designed the casket for General Ulysses Grant in 1885. In 1891 the company became part of the National Casket Company and eventually just one of the many branches of this organization. By the 1980’s, all operations in Rochester had ceased.

Stein Manufacturing Co. folio page. From the Stein Manufacturing Co. folio "Art Designs of Fine Funeral Furniture as originated by the Stein Manufacturing Co," p.59

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