Located in the heart of downtown Rochester, New York, The Academy Building has been renovated and converted into 21 modern residential lofts, and retail spaces with indoor and outdoor dining.  The project received the 2013 New York State Historic Preservation Award for the quality and care of the rehabilitation efforts.

The historical building has been re-purposed as a charming mixed-use community with modern flair loaded with 21st century technology.  It proudly displays its history dating back to the late 19th Century, updated with the high end finishes and modern amenities of today.  The mix of old and new at The Academy Building energizes the neighborhood.  It’s where Historic Rochester meets the 21st century.

Though a part of the bustling downtown, The Academy Building’s High Victorian Gothic architecture style is an oasis of character and personality.  It is a unique place to live, shop and eat.


Built in 1873, the Academy Building is an amazing landmark rich in cultural, economic and architectural history.  Located in Rochester’s Four Corners District, the neighborhood looks much like it did 140 years ago and has retained the competitive spirit of area business leaders.

This historic building was designed by Rochester architect Andrew Jackson Warner, whose other accomplishments include the Powers Building and Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church.  He was the father of J. Foster Warner, the prominent Rochester architect who designed the George Eastman House and Our Lady of Mercy High School.

The Academy Building served as Rochester’s first public high school, The Rochester Free Academy.  Thirty-years later, the building was transformed into a Municipal Court and in 1926 it became headquarters to the Board of Education.  In 1981, it was renovated for private office use and the popular Edward’s restaurant.

The Academy Building stands four-stories high and is an example of High Victorian Gothic architecture, a style reminiscent of medieval European cathedrals and castles that became popular in the United States during the mid-late 19th century.  The high-style building is notable for its ornate architectural details such as pointed arch windows and doors, decorative roof gables, steeply pitched roofs and 20-foot ceilings.

After sitting vacant for years, the Academy Building underwent a major transformation by owner and developer George Traikos.  The rehabilitation of the building into a mix of retailers, restaurants and 21 residential lofts was completed in 2013.  The interior of the building honors the historic landmark requirements that preserve its unique architectural heritage.

For residential leasing opportunities,
contact George Traikos at (954) 815-1541 or George@Traikos

For commercial/retail leasing opportunities,
contact George Traikos at 1 (954) 815-1541 or George@Traikos.US