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An Authentic Urban Neighborhood


Hive Culture

The loft-style buildings we now associate with high design urban living and high tech start-up companies had their origins in much different circumstances. Built during the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s, these buildings housed garment manufacturers,  tool and die shops, and a variety of other businesses. They survived virtually unchanged into the 1980s. The sweatshops they once housed were replaced by small businesses, and studios for artists and commercial photographers. However, the basic character of the buildings was unchanged – high ceilings, steam heat, large multi-paned windows, and brick walls.

When the City of Rochester changed its zoning ordinance to allow mixed residential and commercial use in the late 1980s, the Hive Village began to come into its own and was referred to as The Saint Paul Quarter. The Olde Rochesterville development along the river entailed the conversion of a series of buildings into apartments, with offices and restaurants on the lower floors. This area now contains hundreds of residential units ranging from modern apartments to classic New York-style lofts (at Rochester’s reasonable rental rates). The Hive Village is squarely in the middle of downtown’s most densely populated neighborhood.


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