A simple mispronunciation of “Deutschtown,” Dutchtown was home to the many German immigrants who settled this northwest part of the city beginning in the 1840s. These residents were mostly employed by Rochester’s milling industry.
Offering both proximity to downtown and easy access to the expressway connecting the larger region, today, this Flour City neighborhood retains the working-class spirit of its roots. Modest single-family homes line the intimate city streets. A number of restaurants and retail stores offer day-to-day conveniences, and proximity to the Lyell Branch Library provides opportunity for learning and community events. In addition, both the Campbell Street and Danforth R-Centers are nearby for recreation and other activities to engage residents.
The Dutchtown Neighborhood Association has been a continual presence in the community. It worked together to create “Caring Park,” a small pocket park at the corner of Sykes and Maple Streets. This quiet spot of green with benches and a patch of amber-colored irises commemorates the life of Rochester City Police Lieutenant Joyce Walsh, who worked with many of the residents on issues of neighborhood safety.
Down the street from Caring Park, residents welcomed nationally known local sculptor Sarah Ferrari Rowley’s art installation in May 2010. The work, entitled “Rochester’s Waterways,” features four panels of stainless steel waves that flow across the Glide Street Bridge between Jay and Maple Streets. Ferrari Rowley’s other piece includes the “Western Gateway Project” that made sound barriers along Rt. 490 a work of art.
Neighborhoods are living breathing entities, which can change over time. Although we have tried to capture the essence of this area, the Coalition will be reviewing information twice a year to determine if any updates should be made. If you have suggestions for an update, please contact us and we will consider it at the next review.