Main Street Bridge

Main St. at Genesee River, Rochester, New York

Stone, closed spandrel, arch bridge over the Genesee River


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in June 2020



Street Views 


The present Main Street Bridge is the fourth bridge to occupy this site since 1812. Main Street is and has been throughout its history the primary commercial and business thoroughfare for the City of Rochester, thus this bridge has provided a crucial link in communication and transportation between both sides of the Genesee River. Beginning with the second river crossing of 1824, a phenomenon occurred which was rare in the United States: buildings were gradually built over the river and connected to the bridge. This relationship between bridge and building continued with subsequent crossings. The buildings erected alongside the current Main Street bridge were demolished in the mid-1960's. Incorporated into crowns of four of the five stone arches are cast iron arches supporting water mains. The date the cast iron was installed is not known. This bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER NY-175)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 11, 1984
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Areas of significance
Engineering; Transportation
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Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
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Historic function
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Update Log 

  • July 10, 2020: New photos from J.R. Manning
  • July 10, 2020: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status and added photos
  • July 14, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett