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Q&A: Locals & Landmarks

Q&A: Locals & Landmarks

As featured in the June issue of the Downtown Rochester Newsletter, we asked Rochester native, videographer extraordinaire, and new co-owner of Downtown Rochester art studio Canvas & Chardonnay, Tyler Aug, to tell us about his favorite Downtown landmark.

Q: Okay, Tyler. Your Instagram is full of fun mid-century modern architecture, art, and fun spots in Rochester. Do you have a favorite Downtown landmark to film or photograph?

A: I do! It’s actually a specific spot. It’s an alleyway in the middle of street by KROC near 1st Avenue; you can look down and see the Plummer Building.

Q: I love it. What does it mean to you?

A: I always have this feeling when I walk by, and I know it’s kind of a stereotype, but I always think about what that (Plummer Building) used to be when everything was flat and undeveloped. No other buildings look like it, and it always reminds me of this special feeling when the town was really alive at the time. It becomes this kind of beacon in a classic sense. It just glows in that alley, and I always stop because it’s perfectly framed up. You feel the history, and it makes it feel alive again.

Q: I’ll have to stop by next time. Your imagery is perfection! Okay, finally, if you could spend a day in Downtown Rochester however you wish, where would you go?

A: I always think of this as a cliche thing, but it’s just one of those things. I always think i’m going to just get a coffee at Cafe Steam, but I always end up running into people I know and talking. You just walk away from that so refreshed; for me, there really aren’t that many spaces downtown that activate that. In so many ways, it’s a special thing to have a safe hang out like that in our city - full of good people.

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