Innovation Square, formerly Xerox Tower, is a skyscraper in downtown Rochester, New York, standing at 443 feet (135 m) tall. The tower is the centerpiece of a roughly 2.7 acres (1.1 ha) complex named Xerox Square. When it was built in 1967, it was the tallest building made of poured-in-place exposed aggregate concrete. It is the tallest building in Rochester, as well as the third tallest building in New York outside of New York City. It was initially used as the headquarters of Xerox Corporation.
|Former names||Xerox Square|
|Tallest in Rochester, New York since 1968[I]|
|Preceded by||Kodak Tower|
|Location||100 Clinton Avenue South|
Rochester, New York
|Construction started||June 28, 1965|
|Top floor||443 feet (135 m)|
|Floor area||519,994 square feet (48,309.0 m2)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Welton Becket and Associates|
|Developer||Central City Holding Corporation, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.,Joseph R. Loring & Associates, Raisler Corporation|
|Main contractor||Turner Construction Company|
On April 18, 2009, Xerox announced their wish to sell the tower and other buildings in Xerox Square, and lease back the office space. In August, 2013 the property was sold to Buckingham Properties for $40 million. Under the terms of the sale Xerox will continue to lease space in the building for eight years, with an option to renew. Between the Summer and Autumn of 2015, a multi-color light display was added to all four corners of the tower roof.
The complex formerly featured an outdoor skating rink and an English pub-style restaurant called The Shakespeare, both of which operated until the late 1970s or 1980s before being converted to a private outdoor lounge for Xerox employees.
More recently, it was sold to Gallina Development. Gallina announced that it would rename the complex "Innovation Square" and retrofit it with housing and commercial space. The auditorium, which was kept, will reopen as a performing arts center in September 2021.
Former skyway to the former Midtown Plaza
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