Our Store: Historic Photo Collection

The Rochester-Avon Historical Society is proud to introduce a select collection of 34 historic Rochester-area photos now available for purchase.

Please note that these photos are watermarked for online display only. Watermarks will not appear on purchased prints.

All pictures are sold unframed, in black and white matte finish. Please allow 7-10 business days for delivery.


If you have further questions about purchasing these photos, please contact us using the email address in the side bar.

01: The Haven

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The Haven was built in the 1920’s as the Shinnick family retreat. Converted in 1932 to mental hospital and later burned to ground in 1973. Now Grosse Pines Subdivision.

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03: Boy Scouts

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Boy Scouts of America - Troop 40 from Rochester, MI, 1945

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04: Railroad Car

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Detroit - Flint Limited Railroad 1901-1931.

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06: H.J. Taylor Store

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H.J. Taylor – 1905. Just South of Chase Bank today.

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07: Yates Cider Mill

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Yates Cider Mill – began in 1863 as grist mill. Converted into cider mill in 1876.

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08: Carriage House

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Carriage House – Julian S. Peters carriage painting, late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Just North of 200 S. Main.

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09: H.J. Taylor

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H.J. Taylor. 1905. Just south of Chase Bank on Main 2016.

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10: 1910 Morse Block Bldg.

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1910 Morse Block Bldg. Main Street between third and fourth. 2016 it is Arizona Saddlery and black and white bldg.

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11: Built in 1899

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Built in 1899 at South Hill on Rochester Rd over Clinton River. 159 men built in one day (contract deadline).

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12: Fourth and Main

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Fourth and Main. D.U.R. (Detroit United Railway) car. Early 1900’s.

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13: N. Main Street

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N. Main Street. Fourth and Main. Early 1900’s.

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14: Old Mill

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Old Mill. Ramsey Mill in Stoney Creek around 1910. Washington Rd, Winkler Mill Rd.

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15: First National Bank

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First National Bank – Looking south on west side of Main from 4th Street.

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16: Avon Movie Theatre

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Avon Movie. Opened in 1914 – Closed in early 1950’s. West side of Main Street. Previously the Idle Hour Theatre.

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17: Main Street

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Main Street. Lambertson Bldg 1910.

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18: The Hills Theater on Main Street

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The Hills Theater on Main Street. Built in 1942 and closed in 1984.

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19: Lytle Pharmacy

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Lytle Pharmacy. Opera House built in 1890. Restored in 1989 by Bob Lytle.

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20: Crissman Drugs

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Crissman Drugs. Corner of University and Main. Destroyed by gas explosion on May 20, 1992.

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21: Main Street 1915

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Main Street 1915. Three wooden buildings became Hills Theater. 2016 it is Main Street Plaza.

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22: Knitting Mill

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Knitting Mill 1930’s. 2016 home of Rochester Mills Brewery.

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24: Paint Creek Tavern

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Paint Creek Tavern 1950’s.

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25: Rochester High School

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Rochester High School. Early 1900’s. Fourth Street behind current Rochester Schools Administration Building.

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26: Black and White Cow

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Black and White Cow. Corner of Tienken and Van Hoosen Rd. Sold milk, baking goods and crafts.

Please note this image is avalable at 18" x 20" only.

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27: Leader Dog

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Leader Dog 1940’s.

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28: Chapman House

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Chapman House. Walnut Blvd. Built in 1917. Renovated to a restaurant which opened 2016.

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29: Charles W. Upton

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Charles W. Upton. Originally on Fifth Street. Business began in 1910.

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30: Main Street

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Main Street. Early 1900’s.

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31: Chapman House

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Chapman House. North Main Street. South of Romeo Rd. Built by Albert Kahn 1960’s. Was located behind where Paul’s Restaurant is today 2016.

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35: Rochester Elevator

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Rochester Elevator. Northwest corner of Water and University. Built in 1880.

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36: Red Knapp’s

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Red Knapp’s. Late 1950’s. East side of Main St. Famous for “Red Knapp’s” burgers!

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37: Cases Hardware

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Cases Hardware 1960. West side of Main Street. Chase Bank resides there 2016.

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38: Map 1908

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Map 1908. Map of Rochester. Island in pond is now where the Rochester library resides 2016.

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39: Fire Truck

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Fire truck. Rochester fire truck purchased by National Twist Drill in 1942.

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