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Early Twentieth-Century Commercial Architecture of Rochester, Michigan

Created by Rochester-Avon Historical Society on November 25th 2020, 5:41:19 pm.

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Downtown Rochester has several good examples of commercial buildings designed and constructed in the first quarter of the twentieth century. They include the State Savings Bank building, designed by Saginaw architect Clarence Cowles; the James W. Smith/Crissman block, designed by Detroit architects Spier & Rohns; and the William Tienken building, designed by the Pontiac architectural firm of Fisher Brothers. The First National Bank building, erected in 1924, is the only example among this group that has retained the same business type for its entire existence.