History of the Building
The Hungerford Building, located on the edge of Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, houses an impressive array of artists and craftspeople. It is the diverse and fascinating mix of personalities and products that make the Hungerford so appealing.
In this mix of old and new, the loading dock, freight elevator and long hallways still attest to the building’s history as the J. Hungerford Smith Company, a manufacturing facility. Founded in the 1880’s, the company manufactured “True Fruit” flavored soda fountain syrups as well as the flavor syrup for A&W root beer.
The old factory building has gradually gotten a new lease on life over the past two decades by attracting an eclectic mix of small businesses and artist studios. Rescued from urban blight by owners Maguire Properties, the factory floors have been subdivided into artist studios and small business spaces.
Within the approximately 210,000 square foot building, there are definitely gems to be discovered at the Hungerford.