DePaul Carriage Factory Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SWBR recently participated in the ribbon cutting and official grand opening of the DePaul Carriage Factory Apartments located at 33 Litchfield St. in Rochester in the historic Susan B. Anthony District. The building is the five-story former Cunningham Carriage Factory that was converted into 71 affordable and supportive apartment units. Community members were welcomed and had the opportunity to tour the restored building and see the central lobby space, which has an original restored Cunningham Carriage at the center, its community room and all of the apartments.

"DePaul is pleased to be a community partner in meeting the need for quality affordable housing options in Rochester and throughout New York State, in addition to bringing back to life a building that once was home to a thriving manufacturing business with historic significance to our city," said DePaul president Mark Fuller. "We are so proud to be part of the revitalization of this community. The DePaul Carriage Factory Apartments are an example of progress and partnership in action."

The DePaul Carriage Factory renovation project is a mix of affordable and mental health apartments for DePaul. Construction began on the building in April 2013. SWBR preserved much of the existing building and transformed the historic factory into a new, functional living space by adding ADA accessibility, a fully renovated central entry, new doors, windows, elevators, and a centralized community room for the residents.

The renovation of the historic Cunningham Carriage Factory memorializes the thriving manufacturing business that was once housed in this 73,000 square foot building. The Cunningham name was recognized worldwide as the maker of superior quality vehicles from coaches and carriages to automobiles and airplanes. The renovation of the formerly vacant, building celebrates its history with an original brougham-style Cunningham carriage purchased from John and Sue Greenall of the Greenall Carriage House of Windsor, Vermont on display in the lobby and a gallery of drawings, photographs and artifacts.

For more information on the DePaul Carriage Factory, visit