A Grand Boulevard: The Western End of East Avenue
June 3 and 4, 2017 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Advance ticket sales, both online and through our office, have closed; tickets will be available at Tour Headquarters (The Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue) starting at 9:30 AM and at Parkleigh (215 Park Avenue) during their open hours on each day of the tour (Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday, June 4th), until sold out. All day-of ticket sales are $33.
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.
Advance ticket sales, both online and through our office, have closed; tickets will be available at Tour Headquarters (The Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue) starting at 9:30 AM, and at Parkleigh (215 Park Avenue) during their open hours, on each day of the tour (Saturday, June 3rd & Sunday, June 4th), until sold out. All day-of ticket sales are $33.
Tickets purchased in advance can be picked up on the days of the tour at Tour Headquarters (The Lyric Theatre, 440 East Avenue), starting at 9:30 AM.
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: