History of the House

In March 2012, the Gandhi Institute moved into the Gandhi House in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange (PLEX) neighborhood, at 929 South Plymouth Avenue.

The Gandhi House was an abandoned building for 17 years and has been lovingly restored by two friends and landlords of the Institute, David Knoll and David Skinner, along with their construction crew and a host of community helpers. The building provides space for 8-10 workers, a large community workshop space, a meditation room, and more. The house is adjacent to a ¾ acre lot which has been rehabilitated to serve as an urban agriculture project in partnership with the Seedfolk City Farm, as well as a meditative green space available to the neighborhood.


The Gandhi House in 2011, before we moved in.


Before photo of the inside of the house.


Our first open house, while it was still under construction.

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We were dreaming of what the space would look like.

Gandhi house before with empty lot
Gandhi garden

Gandhi House: A Living Museum for Sharing Nonviolence

In addition to office space, the house contains a library, a small retail area to purchase ‘Gandhi gear’, a workshop/meeting room space, a meditation room, and a kitchen.  Community spaces on the first floor are wheelchair-friendly.

Since moving to the Gandhi House, we have hosted hundreds of groups attending films, concerts, meetings, dialogues, training, and community service opportunities.

The house and gardens are maintained by staff and volunteers, creating spaces inside and out that nourish the human spirit.  We are so grateful to be here. This building and its history is a wonderful metaphor for our work. If you are connected with a youth, student, or community group interested in service projects, contact us to schedule a time to volunteer or set up a workshop. Upcoming projects include installing rain barrels and adding solar energy.

Our On-Site Partners

We are delighted to partner with staff from Seedfolk City Farm and In the City/Off the Grid to host an urban agriculture/youth employment project while providing weekly nonviolence training to staff and participants.