This beautiful book, with its more than 100 superb photographs and perceptive text, makes visible an awareness of the relationship of past to present, of old to new, that will give all readers, wherever they live, new eyes with which to see their own familiar streets.
For the people in Rochester and Monroe County, resident or visitor, the book is arranged geographically and is designed as a guide and itinerary, with maps of walking and driving routes for viewing neighborhoods and downtown areas of the city and villages in the county. The focus is never on isolated “notable buildings,” but on their relation to the areas of which they are an integral part.
For those whose interest is architectural history there are abundant photographs or beautiful buildings—old as well as new, commercial as well as residential—with the text providing architectural and historical information.
This book is sponsored by the Landmark Society of Western New York, with assistance from the New York Council on the Arts.
Paul Malo is professor of Architecture at Syracuse University where he teaches architectural design and has taught architectural history. He is a practicing architect and is co-author of Architecture Worth Saving in Onondaga County. He has been a consultant throughout New York State on preservation and adaptive use of areas and buildings.
Hans Padelt, inventor of the Graflex-XL camera and a widely known photographer, is an artist as well as a skilled technician, as the photographs in this book illustrate. Mr. Padelt was a senior engineer at the Graflex Company in Rochester from 1951-1969, when he retired to Nova Scotia. He was previously a freelance camera design consultant and a professional photographer in Dresden, Germany.