Dove Block News & Notes

A Great Improvement in Geneva A Handsome Block on Exchange Street – A Public Hall in the third story

Street View of the Dove Block in the 1870s

The handsome new Dove block on the corner of Exchange and Castle streets, is approaching completion, and a description of it will doubtless be of interest to the citizens of Geneva, who have watched its gradual rise from the foundations of the burned building formerly occupying the site.

The block is built of brick, three stories high, with basement. It is ornamented with tasteful brick-work, artistically disposed, and trimmed with Waterloo cut stone. IT is surmounted by a galvanized iron cornice, which on the Exchange street front bears on a handsome tablet the works “Dove Block.” The roof is supported on trusses, and will be covered with tin.

The first floor is divided into three stores opening on Exchange street. They extend through to the rear of the building, and the corner store has also an entrance on Castle street. Each store will have wide doors and show windows, and handsome iron columns support the front of the second story. Each store is 10 feet high in the clear. The south store is 19×71 feet in size. Between it and the next store north is the Exchange street entrance to the second and third floors. The middle store is 16×71 feet. The three stores have cellars under them, with doors opening on the alley in the rear. I them water will be laid on for use, and closets will be provided in each. Back of the corner cellar is a basement room, about 25 feet square, which will be neatly finished off for a saloon, or something of the kind.

The brick partition walls running east and west are carried up to the third floor, affording a solid foundation for the floor of the public hall above. The second story will be divided into two parts by a hall 8½ feet wide, running through it from Castle street to the south wall. On each side of this will open the offices which have been arranged on that floor. There will be six offices, each 12 feet high, handsomely finished, well lighted, and supplied with water and gas. At the south end of the hall will be coal-bins and closets, and at that end will be a flight of stairs to the hall above. Another flight leads up from the Castle street side of the building. These are five feet wide, and open directly into the wide hall, thus avoiding any danger of crowding or confusion.

The third floor will be devoted entirely to a public hall. It will be 15 feet high, and the view will not [be] obstructed by any columns, the roof being upheld by trusses. The audience room will be about 56 feet square, and will be furnished with movable seats. The stage, about 15×18 feet, will be at the east side, between the two entrances. It will be flanked by two dressing rooms, which will be supplied with everything necessary for the comfort and convenience of persons using the hall. The room will be wainscoted all round and lighted with gas. It is Mr. Dove’s intention to rent the hall for parties, festivals, lectures, concerts, or anything of the kind, and it will doubtless prove a very great convenience to the public.

The block is owned and was built by Dove & Son., and the name is a sufficient guarantee that it has been constructed in a substantial and workmanlike manner. They have already had applications for the stores and hall, and probably will not have to wait long for tenants of their block. Every arrangement will be made to render it an agreeable and economical place of business. The rent for the hall will be placed at a reasonable figure, and other prices within the reach of those desiring to rent.

The galvanized iron cornices were furnished by Sisson, of Rochester, and the ironwork by Chenev of the same city. The work on the building has been done by Geneva mechanics, ad the block is a decided compliment to the brains and energy of its owners and the architects, Warner & Brockett, of Rochester, and the execution of [] men employed upon it.

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