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The Meeting House, Uncovered: Downtown Restaurant a Work in Progress

There's more downtown Rochester history to be uncovered; this time, it's inside the former Mind Body & Spirits.

It's surprising what you can find when you do a little digging. 

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Jessica Story September 19, 2012 at 02:39 PM
I am SO excited to eat here!
David Gifford September 19, 2012 at 03:42 PM
If you compare a photo from 1897 to present day you will see that the roof line is much lower today. I believe they took off the cornice molding and top arch in the 1960's during the Greek revival remodel. I am glad to hear that they want to keep the historic elements of the building intact and add windows to the back again. Perhaps they will entertain the idea of a live music space upstairs. It would be nice to have another venue for music on Main Street. I think a brew and view would be awesome too (show movies during the weeknight like the Magic Bag in Ferndale.)
David Gifford September 19, 2012 at 05:58 PM
http://oaklandregionalhistoricsites.org/property/1515232029 check out this link for more history on this building (and old photos!)
Scot Beaton September 20, 2012 at 04:01 AM
David thanks for link -- love to see them restore cornice molding and top arch -- would look a lot more hip than the Greek revival makeover. Some of those design elements could also be included in a new logo for the restaurant. Always have to way in the costs -- I do know there are grants and low interest loans for historic restoration out there -- I wish them the very best -- and love their ideas and approach for this historic building.
deb j September 20, 2012 at 10:52 AM
I'm happy to see the new owners plan to display the original exterior. It would be nice to see others follow suit, for example go back to having a D&C downtown and restore the Coffee Shop at Main and University to look like the St James Hotel.
David Gifford September 20, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I would also love to see the stucco come off the front of O'Connor's. The bricks and windows are still under the false front.
Barbara Krueger September 20, 2012 at 01:04 PM
deb j, love your ideas! I remember the coffee shop and D & C downtown. NO more restaurants or clothing stores!
Patricia September 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Speaking of history, the Meeting Place was also "LeBelle's" a gift store, because I did the windows and advertising for them and it was also Alvin's. We have a lot of history in these buildings. I look forward to celebrating the opening of The Meeting Place.
Melanie Hendrick September 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Happy to see that you are refurbishing the building to its original look. I own a business here in town and am part of The Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and I'm in a Leadership class with the chamber. We recently walked downtown to tour and discuss the history of Rochester. Your building and others were pointed out. I am originally from back East where we refurbish constantly. Now if we could only get the city of Detroit to do the same. Good luck with you work and I look forward to dining at your new restaurant. Melanie Hendrick, Owner of Language Complete
Laura Cassar October 16, 2012 at 09:56 PM
The Meeting House wanted to share their hiring information since the sign has been moved around during the construction. Applicants should forward a resume and other info to meetinghousestaff@gmail.com.
Don Wolanchuk November 11, 2012 at 01:01 AM
We welcome to Rochester what obviously is a business that has the kind of financial commitment that promises the owners are serious about what they are doing. best of luck....Don and Cindy Wolanchuk .....directors HERMITAGEGALLERY.COM

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