Did you know that the building housing Geva Theatre Center was once a hospital? Did you know that as the Convention Hall, the building played host to prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, opera legend Enrico Caruso and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to name a few? There were even dog shows at the former Convention Hall, as shown by the lovely woman to the right.
Geva Theatre Center and its employees are very proud of the fact that they reside in a building steeped in so much local history. And, of course, The Landmark Society is proud to fulfill our mission of sharing local history with the community and celebrate this rich legacy. We’ve teamed up to celebrate Rochester’s 175th Anniversary with a free lecture/discussion!
Cynthia Howk, Architectural Researcher for The Landmark Society and much sought after local lecturer will present The Historic Armory Building and the Washington Square Neighborhood on Saturday, October 3 at 11 a.m. in the Nextstage at Geva. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance by calling the box office at (585) 232-Geva or online here by clicking the “buy now” button.
(Photo courtesy of the Albert R. Stone Collection, RMSC)