City of Rochester, NY
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Rochester City Council 11-25-1941. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A. 
The Seal, designed by George Frauenberger and originally adopted by the Common Council on December 22, 1868, and whose facsimile or cut is printed herewith, is hereby established and declared to be the Official Seal of the City of Rochester, New York.
B. 
Said seal shall be of the following design: An exact-size circle 2 1/4 inches in diameter around the edge of which is inscribed, "Seal of the City of Rochester. Settled in 1812. Incorporated a City 1834." Within, in the upper part, is a large eagle with wings spread perched on a shield. In the beak of the eagle and draped over both wings is a ribbon inscribed with the words, "Flower City." The shield depicts the rising sun between high hills with a body of water and ancient ships in the foreground. Under the wings of the eagle is an urban skyline which to the right of the shield depicts, among other buildings, flour mills and a train of cars crossing the railroad bridge over the upper falls of the Genesee. To the left of the shield, among other buildings, is depicted the dome of the old City Hall and a church spire and a portion of the Erie Canal spanned by the aqueduct upon which a canal boat loaded with flour barrels is being drawn by two mules. At the base below the shield is a flour barrel, a basket of apples, a plow, a water wheel, a cluster of grapes, a sheaf of grain, an anvil, a pumpkin and other vegetables, all of which are bound with a scroll, upon which is the word "Excelsior."
[Added 9-28-1965]
The flag presented to the City of Rochester by the Rochester Historical Society, June 21, 1934, is hereby designated as the official flag of the City of Rochester, having the following description: Said flag to be of three colors, arranged in perpendicular bars of equal width: federal blue nearest the pole, white in the center and golden yellow on the extreme of the flag, from the pole. Upon the white center shall be inscribed the coat of arms of the Rochester family, as allowed by the Herald's Visitation to the County of Essex, England, in the year 1558. Beneath the said coat of arms shall appear the word "Rochester," in a downward curved line. The hoist and fly of said flag shall correspond with those of the flag of the United States of America, particularly so when used in conjunction with our national flag.
[Amended 11-12-1985 by Ord. No. 85-480]
The official flag shall be displayed on the City Hall on all holidays and other occasions when the national flag is ordered displayed, in the Council chamber at all meetings of the Council and also at such times as the Mayor may request; provided, however, that it shall never be displayed in any position that shall indicate superiority to or precedence over the flag of the United States.
[Added 5-11-1954; amended 11-10-1992 by Ord. No. 92-403]
The Director of Municipal Facilities shall cause the official flag to be displayed at such times and places as are set forth in § 15-3 of this chapter.
[Added 5-11-1948]
The lilac is hereby designated as the official flower of the City of Rochester.
[Added 5-11-1948]
A period of one week in each year shall be designated by the Mayor as "Lilac Time in Rochester," which said week shall begin on the Sunday selected by the Director of Parks as being the most suitable day for the full enjoyment and appreciation of the great lilac display in Highland Park.
[Added 9-28-1965]
"Flower City" is hereby designated as the official nickname of the City of Rochester, New York.