Former synagogue on Joseph Avenue added to national register of historic places

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Members of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance are celebrating the rebirth of a building. 

In 2013, a vision plan was completed for the Joseph Avenue corridor in Rochester, with the help of the Community Design Center. In the process, officials discovered a former synagogue at 692 Joseph Avenue. 

Fast forward to today, the building is being converted into a Center for Performing and Visual Arts and is listed on the national register of historic places. 

“It’s more than just the building, we’re bringing this neighborhood back to life and there’s a lot of life in this neighborhood,” said Dr. Neil Scheier, President of the Joseph Avenue Arts and Culture Alliance. “People who come, now, to this part of Rochester will see prettiness, and they’ll see wonderful culture and they’ll see foods from around the world.” 

Until now, the building hasn’t been used on a regular basis for about 20 to 30 years. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet will perform there on July 18. 

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