In April, 2001, I had occasion to travel to Rochester for the Genesee Valley Bottle Show and to participate in perhaps the best Warner’s Safe Cure display ever assembled (which will be the subject of a future post). While there, I visited with Jack Stecher and he kindly took me into downtown Rochester to visit the great remaining landmark of H. H. Warner, his Safe Cure Building. My visit was about 117 years after the structure opened on Warner’s birthday in January, 1884.
Believe me, the pictures and engravings do not do this building justice. It is an icon of a prosperous time in Rochester’s history and its details are those reminiscent of a medieval cathedral. The iron work is spectacular and the building is emblazened with “W”‘s, just in case you forget who built it. Although it is wonderful that the building has survived into the 21st Century, its space has been subdivided into smaller commercial parcels. Jack and I were able to walk around parts of the building and among my photos is an interior picture looking out some of the arched windows. One can only imagine such a room lined with cases of Safe Cure as employees scurry about filling orders and sending out almanacs and free samples.
If you find yourself in Rochester, take the time to visit this historic landmark on St. Paul Street. Appropriately enough, it is now called “Warner Place.”