Rochester’s oldest building is transforming into a public space

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) — Built in 1824, Rochester’s Two Saints Church is the oldest public building in town. And keeping with tradition, it’s transforming into a public event space.

The non-profit who owns the church, which is formally known as The Episcopal Church of St. Luke & St. Simon Cyrene, is making the change to raise money for the building’s renovation. It also wants to spark a new interest in its rich history.

“There’s a lot of history here,” explains Larry Steffler, church director. “Nathaniel Rochester, our city’s namesake, was a founding member and he was part of the church for 50 years. In 1824, a lot of the members of the church were the first storeowners, the first newspaper owners, the first flower mills… So, there’s a lot of history condensed in this building.”

Fun fact: Two Saints Church is the only building still standing in the city that can be found in the 1824 Diorama of Rochester on display at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

The church is located around the corner from the Blue Cross Arena at 17 South Fitzhugh Street.

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