St. Joseph’s Park

One of the great joys of living in a city is the potential of discovering a secret area. Somewhere to pause and take a breath from the day, seemingly hidden away from the rest of the world.

For many Rochesterians, St. Joseph’s Park, located on Franklin Street downtown, is just that — a little green spot hiding smack dab in the heart of the city.

It’s a fascinating resurrection of the former St. Joseph Church, an important piece of civic history.

The church was the largest German parish in Western New York for over 130 years, including a bell tower that was built in 1909.  That changed in October 1974, thanks to a four-alarm fire that destroyed most of the church.

Because the city had decreed it a landmark, demolition was illegal and out of the question.

But thanks to a handful of groups – church owners the Redemptorist Fathers, the Landmark Society of Western New York, SUNY Brockport, and the city itself – the church’s tower and courtyard were saved and the surrounding land was converted into a small park that opened six years later.

The property remains an active spot for family and wedding photos, and yes, the occasional break from the world.

Property Details
Name of the Place
St. Joseph's Park
Address
118 Pleasant St, Rochester, NY 14604
Phone
(585) 546-7029
Website
http://landmarksociety.org/stjosephspark/