Wilder Building


Nikon D3x, Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8, 116mm, f/9, ISO 100, 3 exposures

This is the south side of the Wilder building in downtown Rochester. It was Rochester’s first “skyscraper”, erected in 1887 by Samuel Wilder. In 1891 Daniel Powers added three tower stories to his existing building to claim the tallest building in Rochester.  I shot this from the Broadway bridge and it doesn’t look so tall from this location because the bridge is considerably higher and I shot over the tops of several buildings to get this. The first full floor you can see in the photo is the sixth floor of the building, so this is only the top half of the building.

I was shooting with my 70-200mm to get this composition and a woman stopped and asked me if I was doing surveillance, or if I was a private investigator.  I laughed and told her no and that I was a ‘tourist’.  She thought I should be able to “see right inside the rooms with that lens”.  I should have talked with her more to find out if she was looking for a PI or something, it might have been an interesting conversation.

Here is a quick shot of the front of the Powers building from Main Street.

Wilder Building from Main Street

  1. Max Bronson
    Max Bronson07-12-2011

    I love this shot from the bridge. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this shot was young Don Corleone scenes in Godfather 2. :)

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