Wings of Progress

Are they claws? Antennae? Batman? Rochester’s Times Square building is best known for its Wings of Progress
The building, commissioned in 1928 and built as the country plunged into depression, was meant to symbolize, along with the statue of Mercury across the street, Rochester’s position as a technological and economic leader. The bank that built the tower fell in the bank runs of 1930, and it’s held a variety of banks and offices ever since. Obviously, this is a building best left to tours, but if you get the opportunity, I would recommend seeing it.

The basement, which was a bank branch until a few years ago, if by far the most interesting, with its giant vault doors intact

Depending who you ask, this is either the employee entrance to the vault, or an emergency exit

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