High Falls Residential and Business District

Rochester's Historic High Falls District

The High Falls District combines historical character and charm with new commercial and residential opportunities.  Original 19th-century buildings are being converted into headquarters for the 21st century and luxurious dwelling spaces. The Parry Machine Building is now  home to SEI Design Group and Navalis Construction along with six brand new loft apartments. The Parazin Building was also rebuilt and is now open for use on the bottom levels and boasts beautiful residential and work spaces on the upper three floors.  The stunning apartments feature hardwood floors and exposed brick walls, offering trendy tenants a unique view of the High Falls Gorge, all within an easy walking distance to downtown employers.

Click here to view full GigapanEnjoy the view

The amazing view from Pont de Rennes Bridge has been captured in all of its brilliance.  Rochester city photographers have taken an exciting new Gigapan photo of the High Falls.  The photo stitches together more than 600 high-resolution photos to create this magnificent 658 megapixel panoramic image!  To explore the falls right from your computer click on the image to the right.

The High Falls area also hosts radio giant Entercom who locally produces the shows for WBEE, WPXY, WBZA, WCMF and WROC-AM.  Across the street in the trolley barn office space has been created for Stantec. 

Thanks to a generous land donation from Kodak, The Mills at High Falls were constructed just North of Platt St.  The three-story apartment building contains 67 units. 

Center at High Falls

Press a button and meet the legends of Rochester. Set a water wheel in motion. Or sit in a taxi and get to know the city. There is something for everyone here at the Center which originally served as the Rochester Water Works.  A simulated raceway and thundering falls are just some of the interactive 3-D exhibits that show how geology, technology, culture and creativity influenced the life that flourished at High Falls way back when.  The center also has three unique upstairs art galleries that highlight local artists ranging all skill and age levels.  With its interactive exhibits and 3-D displays, the Center at High Falls is fun for kids of all ages, with self-guided tours and free admission.

  • For current events, directions and operating hours, visit the High Falls Museum web page.
  • Behind the walls of these massive stone buildings, you'll find a 40-foot high glass atrium and interpretive programs.

    At High Falls

    See the Genesee River rushing over a 96-foot cliff. Walk through Rochester's past, and future. Learn all about the famous people who have lived in Rochester. Spend a relaxing afternoon in the park at Granite Mills Commons or on the 858-foot long Pont De Rennes bridge. Stand in Triphammer Forge and see actual 1816 factory ruins. Walk across historic footbridges and peek beneath the street at a replicated 240-foot section of the original raceway used to power mill wheels.

    Triphammer Forge

    Find an early iron forge and multi-level views of actual 1816 factory ruins.

    Laser Light ShowPont De Rennes

    You can walk or bike along the 858-foot long bridge over the Genesee River Gorge for a thrilling look at the falls.  

    Granite Mills Commons

    You might want to picnic in the park next to the gorge, with its authentic ruins of the old Granite Flour Mill's foundation (circa 1850) and millstone from the Moseley and Motley Milling Company.


    Funding for these projects has been provided by the City of Rochester, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (1986 EQBA, local assistance and local resource grant awards) and private contributors.