The Last Days of the Maxwell Guest House

The Maxwell Guest House is another historic Rochester structure in danger. Originally built as a modest hotel at 215 First Ave SW in 1877, the Pierce House underwent massive alterations and enlargements before being moved to its current location at 427 Second Ave SW in 1928. At the time, it was the largest structure ever moved in Rochester.


It variously served under many names as a hotel, hospital, and nursing home. Until Dec 1, it had been a boarding house for transients and others who for whatever reason were unable to obtain regular housing. The building, as well as most of the rest of the block, has been purchased by the owner of neighboring Premier Bank. Plans for the Maxwell House's future have not been disclosed by its new owner. However, most people, including its former owner, fully expect the building to be razed.


It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


Demolished June 5, 2007.

  • Ktrey 9y

    What a shame, that googie-ish sign is really nice.
  • Oliver Hammond 9y

    Ooh, thanks for reminding me to add it to the Googie groups!

    Yeah, if I find out that the building is really being demolished, I'm going to see if I can snag it. I can just see that thing on my front lawn, with my street number on the sign, pointing at the house. :-)
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