Saunter up the curved sidewalk, under the arched canopy and across the bridged walkway into the lobby of The Metropolitan and your first thought will be: Where am I?
What had been 26 stories of commercial office space that screamed 1975 has been transformed into a slice of Manhattan on Clinton Avenue in downtown Rochester.
The Metropolitan is a combination of office, residential and retail; a sophisticated architectural re-creation of what for better than four decades had been the Chase Lincoln Tower.
As the sliding doors welcome you inside the lobby, you know you’ve left ordinary behind. From the 24/7 doorman to the bright, spacious atrium. From the 14 floors of custom-built commercial space to the 10 floors of luxurious, contemporary apartments. From the vibrancy of Bar Bantam to The Met’s own little outdoor park.
Gallina Development Corp. began the makeover in 2015 and it now is home to business stalwarts Datto and Partners + Napier, as well as the tower’s forever tenant, JPMorgan Chase.
Hanlon Architects, Bergmann, SWBR and Bayer Landscape Architects all had a hand in the design, and Manning Squires Hennig was the contractor.
“We wanted to create a place you want to see and be,” said Lauren Gallina, marketing director for the development company.