Adaptive Reuse in Rochester, NY: New Life for the Cunningham Carriage Factory

By: Justine Smith, New Media/Web Content Coordinator

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare. In every case they are unique, poetic products of the heart.
-Arthur Erickson

The building and company that prospered in Rochester, New York for the better part of the darkest periods in history, including the Great Depression and both World Wars, is receiving new life in an old factory.

DePaul is converting the Cunningham Carriage Factory into the Carriage Factory Apartments: 71 loft apartments for income-eligible tenants.


Watch the fascinating transformation of a flourishing business to a vacant eyesore to a community centerpiece providing affordable housing and support for numerous people in need.

Commentary from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Julia Viscardi, a former Cunningham employee, and others offer insight into this piece of Rochester history:


4 comments on “Adaptive Reuse in Rochester, NY: New Life for the Cunningham Carriage Factory

  1. Donna Mulcahy says:

    Love watching the progress , very impressive

    1. depaulorg says:

      Thanks, Donna! Glad you enjoyed.

  2. Barbara Dodge, SRES, BPOR, BS says:

    This development answers a definite need in our community. I am looking forward to offering services to forward this important work. –Warmly, Barbara Dodge

    1. depaulorg says:

      Thank you, Barbara. We, too, look forward to the Carriage Factory Apartments serving the Rochester community.

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