At Home in Rochester: The Van Hoosen – Case House

July 20, 2014 by  
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This historic house at 522 Oak Street, near the Rochester Municipal Building, is 126 years old this year, and is connected to one of the most prominent families in Rochester’s history.When John Van Hoosen built the house in 1888, his property stretched…

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Bygone Business: Nye Manufacturing Company

July 12, 2014 by  
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If you travel down Oak Street between Third and Fourth, you’ll pass an ordinary-looking apartment house in the middle of the block on the west side of the street that doesn’t give any outward sign of the history it harbors.  But if walls could tal…

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At Home in Rochester: The Peter Lomason House

July 5, 2014 by  
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In September 1900 the Rochester Era newspaper opined that “when completed, Peter Lomason’s new house on East Fifth street will be one of the finest residences in Rochester.”  The next time you pass this house at 113-115 East University, look up – …

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This Month in Rochester History

July 1, 2014 by  
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In July 1964, Rochester residents were congratulating local mail carrier Harold Dawe on his retirement after 42 years on the job.  Mr. Dawe started his employment with the Rochester post office in 1922, just a few years after he had returned home …

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Subdivision Stories: Stratford Knolls

June 28, 2014 by  
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In the summer of 1960, the first of ten Stratford Knolls subdivision plats went on the market.  Lying south of Walton Boulevard and west of Old Perch Road, the new development was laid out on land than had once been farmed by early Avon Township s…

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Call for Walls: Mural Project Needs You!

June 27, 2014 by  
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Here at DL!, we have a pretty simple business model– 70% client work, 30% whatever. That’s a head scratcher, sure, but the “whatever” is what keeps the business true, playful and honest. The “whatever” has created some of our best work: the documentary After the Factory, the clothing line, posters on your walls, the …read more!

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Bygone Business: Hale’s Shoe Store

June 22, 2014 by  
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Hale’ Shoe Store was well known to Rochester residents for nearly three decades.The business opened at 410 S. Main in 1929 after shoe store proprietor William A. Mow sold out the stock of his business, previously located in the same building.  Hal…

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Berkley Art Bash Saturday

June 13, 2014 by  
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The Berkley Art Bash is back again tomorrow, and we are excited to see lots of our local favs will be there! Check out the full list of vendors here, […]

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Vote for DL! in the Nokia Lumia Icon Challenge

June 11, 2014 by  
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Click here to vote for Detroit Lives! in the Nokia Lumia Icon Challenge. For the past few months we have had an absolute blast writing a story and film for Nokia as part of a campaign to support the release of a new smart phone, the Lumia Icon. We pitched them on a story …read more!

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At Home in Rochester: Frank Butts House

June 7, 2014 by  
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This house on the northwest corner of West University Drive and Wilcox Street was built in the summer of 1897 as the family residence of Rochester cigar maker Frank Butts.  Butts was born in Northampton County, Pennsylvania in 1870, and migrated t…

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