The Conley-Maass Building, number 14 on 4th Street SW, has always housed entrepreneurs and stood as a pillar of innovation in the Rochester community.
Henry Terry had the Rochester Woolen Manufacturing Building constructed right at this spot in the early 1900s. After the clothing factory, a family owned and operated business, Conley Cameras, opened up in the space. The company was the camera manufacturer for Sears in their day and employed up to 165 people.
After Conley Camera, Maass and McAndrews occupied the space, bringing toilets and plumbing to Rochester. Maass and McAndrews developed close ties with the Mayo Clinic and created specialized sinks to aid in aseptic surgical technique.
Some of the most recent occupants of the space- the Rochester Ballet School, Masque Theatre, and Words Players Theatre- called 14 on 4 home until 2014.
In January 2016, the building was purchased by local couple Hunter and Traci Downs and renovated by architecture and community design firm 9.SQUARE and Benike Construction. Now a new wave of entrepreneurs are setting up shop in the building.
The Conley-Maass Building, or whatever you prefer to call it, has stood in Rochester for 116 years. It has meant many different things to members of the community. Strong history and memories are linked to this space.
Because of these ties with Rochester’s community, the Downses are asking for the community’s help to rename the building. Name suggestions must be made through the 14 on 4 website. The contest ends at 9AM on Monday August 22nd.