13 Cataract Street first housed the Standard Brewing Co. Founded by German immigrants in 1889, the Standard Brewing Co. constructed the ornate structure which continues to stand today. Barrels of Standard Ale rolled out of the facility until prohibition. Although the Standard Brewing Co. would re-emerge following prohibition it was the Cataract Brewery which operated at 13 Cataract Street during the post-prohibition era. The Cataract Brewery brewed Canandaigua Ale (1933 – 1940), Canandaigua Beer (1933 – 1940), Cataract Ale (1933 – 1940), Cataract Beer (1933 – 1940), and Dutch Beer (1935 – 1939), closing it’s doors in 1940 due to increased competition from the now consolidating brewery landscape in Rochester. Following the Cataract Brewery, Genesee Brewery used the building on a limited basis until sometime in the 1980′s. The building has remained vacant since.As was typical of the era, the German immigrants that founded Standard Breweing Co. valued architecturally significant buildings, and 13 Cataract Street is a perfect example of the era’s ornate construction style. It features an eccentrically styled roof, Romanesque arched & rose windows, ornamental corner towers, and incorporates a medieval feel. The buildings were designed to have a dramatic look and to beautify an otherwise industrial landscape. Now one of Rochester’s last remaining relics of the city’s rich brewing history, 13 Cataract Street has been scheduled for demolition. Although the structure has received several renovations and additions since its construction the original building remains largely intact. It has, however, become the unfortunate victim of neglect. Broken windows and a worn roof have lent to a pigeon infestation and the lack of attention and segregation from the High Falls Brewery campus has led to its use for less-than-legal activities. None of this eliminates the possibility for restoration. With its original architectural details intact and efforts to shore up the structure throughout history the “bones” remain. The only thing preventing a restoration is the KPS Capitol Partners / High Falls Breweries desire to created a visitor center as quickly and as cost effective as possible. Choosing to “restore” a small packaging facility across the street while demolishing this building in favor of parking. KPS Capitol Partners / High Falls Brewery please reconsider the decision to demolish this structure and instead develop visitor center plans which preserve Rochester’s historical ties!