Collection ID: 2019.010

Collection context


Barrows, Charles Storrs, Jr. and Business District Association
This collections consists of letters, business documents, property information, drawings, blueprints and maps created by or belonging to Rochester, New York-based architect C. Storrs Barrows. These materials were created between 1923 and 1935.
.15 Cubic Feet, 1 small legal-size letter box, 1 oversize folder, 0.17 Cubic Feet, .008 Cubic Feet, and .7 Cubic Feet
Preferred citation:

C. Storrs Barrows Papers. [box #,folder #]. Local History and Genealogy Division, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County N.Y.


Scope and Content:

This collection documents the work of Rochester architect C. Storrs Barrows in relation to public works projects of the 1920s and 1930s. These projects included a new Post Office, civic center, and street widenings. The collection includes letters, blueprints, architectural drawings, notes and other material created between 1923 and 1935 [accession 2019.011]. Additionally, the collection includes blueprints of the Dr. E. G. Whipple house, 347 Cobbs Hill Drive [accession 2020.035].

Biographical / Historical:

Charles Storrs Barrows Jr. was the son of a prominent Rochester businessman, one of the owners of the Snow Wire Works. Born January 10, 1889 in Springfield, Massachusetts, Barrows attended the University of Rochester to study architecture. Only 22 when he opened his own office, Barrows designed diverse civic, religious and residential buldings. He also designed East Rochester High School and Penfield Elementary and High Schools. With the opening of the New York State Barge Canal in 1918 and the draining of the old Erie Canal through downtown Rochester, Barrows was engaged to study several civic and transportation projects in the downtown area. These ranged from the building of Broad Street over the canal bed to the large-scale street widening program proposed for the city by Bartholomew & Associates in 1929 to the creation of a civic center on a platform over the Genesee River. Within the latter project, Barrows was particularly involved in the design of a new Post Office. Due to the Great Depression and other limiting factors, few of these projects would come to fruition. Barrows would ultimately retire to Florida, passing away in Sarasota on September 26, 1971.

Acquisition information:
The majority of this collection was found in Document Case 15, with oversize materials in mapo case C-IX; prior history is unknown.
Processing information:

Materials in this collection were found in two different storage areas, with no notation in either area of the other group of materials. Original order was clearly not maintained in the original housing.

Please note that folder OS4 is exceptionally large and heavy, containing several items mounted to linen drawing board.


This collection consists of one box and four oversize folders, arranged as a single series.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard



There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of the collection.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use in any current or future manifestations must be obtained in writing from the Rochester Public Library Local History and Genealogy Division.


C. Storrs Barrows Papers. [box #,folder #]. Local History and Genealogy Division, Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County N.Y.

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