A Grand Boulevard: The Western End of East Avenue
June 3 and 4, 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The 47th Annual House & Garden Tour will again treat us to many magnificent homes and civic buildings lining Rochester’s most prestigious boulevard. In fact, there are eleven stops on this year’s tour.
Yes, there will be grand East Avenue mansions – you can expect to see palatial staircases, grand rooms designed to impress, soaring ceilings, and ornate architectural details, all on a scale significantly larger than your typical Rochester home. They stand as a testament to the wealth commanded by Rochester’s Gilded Age industry leaders and business owners.
We’ll also venture off the Avenue to see elegant edifices on Arnold Park, Prince Street, and Strathallan Park. These sophisticated architect-designed homes and civic buildings may be on a more “modest” scale than the magnificent mansions, but there is nothing modest about them. Rich detail, thoughtful design, and sumptuous materials showcase the early 20th-century lavish lifestyle enjoyed by professionals and business leaders in the neighborhood.
Other surprise structures include a few houses with rather unassuming exteriors, hiding amazing décor and a wealth of designed detail. Then there’s the house that might have you doing a double take: is it an Italianate or a Second Empire? Only your close inspection and visit to the interior will reveal the truth.
If you’ve never participated in the June tour, you’ll want to know that you can go at your own pace. Your ticket booklet provides a map, descriptions of the houses, and a one time admission to each home. You may go in any order – you can even choose to visit some houses on Saturday and others on Sunday. Our tour headquarters will be at The Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue.
A Pre-Tour Talk on the history, architecture, and past residents of the neighborhood will be given on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 PM at Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince Street). The talk is FREE to ticket holders – present your ticket at the talk, or pick up your pre-ordered ticket that evening. Tour tickets may also be purchased that evening (if not sold out), or you may attend the talk only for $5.
- $20 – Landmark Society members (only available directly from The Landmark Society either online here, by calling (585) 546-7029 x11, or at the Pre-Tour Talk)
- $28 – Non-members (available from The Landmark Society or at Parkleigh)
- New Member Bundle Deal! $45 gets you a first-time Individual-level Landmark Society membership, one member-price ticket, and a second ticket half-off! (not available when purchasing from Parkleigh)
- $33 – For all at Tour Headquarters the days of the tour (until sold out)
- Online here until noon on Friday June 2nd:
For new member bundle deal, use this second menu. Note that a “1” in the quantity box gets you two tickets with this deal; there is a limit of 1 bundle purchase per customer, but feel free to purchase additional tickets at the member price above:
- By phone: (585) 546-7029 x11
- At The Landmark Society office (133 S. Fitzhugh St. in Corn Hill)
- At Parkleigh (215 Park Avenue, corner of Park Ave. & S. Goodman St.) until sold out. Non-member rate ONLY.
- At the Pre-Tour Talk: Thursday (6/1) at Visual Studies Workshop (31 Prince Street)
- At Tour Headquarters during the Tour: Saturday (6/3) and Sunday (6/4) at The Lyric Theatre (440 East Avenue). Ticket sales open at 9:30 AM both days, until sold out.
After May 25th, pre-ordered tickets cannot be mailed. They can be picked up at The Landmark Society (133 S. Fitzhugh Street) until Thursday, June 1; at the Pre-Tour Talk (Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street) on June 1; or on the days of the tour at Tour Headquarters (The Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue).
Tour Headquarters the days of the tour will be at The Lyric Theatre (440 East Avenue). Free parking in their lot across from their side entrance on Prince Street, in both the Third Presbyterian Church and Incarnate Word Lutheran Church lots (except on Sunday morning), in the Jewish Federation lot, or on the street as sign-posted.
The Tour is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th, and is self-guided, with hosts at each property. The ticket admits you to each property one time. They may be visited either day in any order, at your convenience.
We are grateful to the major House and Garden Tour Sponsors: