Inside Downtown Tour 2017: Midtown

Friday, October 6th  5:30-8:30  & Saturday, October 7th  11:00-4:00

Tour and Ticket Details

Your tour ticket will be good both Friday evening October 6th and Saturday during the day of October 7th. You may visit each tour stop one time, in any order that you desire.

Tickets are now available online below, and will be available by calling our office at (585) 546-7029 x11 or by going to Parkleigh (215 Park Avenue) starting Tuesday, September 12th. Non-member tickets purchased before October 5th are $29, and $25 Landmark Society members. Note that the member discount is available only when purchasing tickets from Landmark Society directly, here online or by phone.

New member bundle deal!: You can get two Inside Downtown tickets and a first-time Landmark Society membership for just $53 – that’s five dollars less than the price of just two non-member tickets, with the membership included, which will allow you to explore our other events and work throughout the year! You can’t beat that deal. Use the second module below to take advantage of this offer.

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to a high volume of September events, we will be unable to respond to phone and email questions/orders until September 12th. Tickets will be mailed after September 15th.

If tickets are available the days of the tour they may be purchased at tour headquarters, Tower 280 at 280 East Broad Street, at $35 for all.

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Our Inside Downtown Tour, now in its 14th year, opens up urban environments where folks are creating exciting spaces to live and work. We visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places, and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment. Basically, we get you “in” on the latest urban living trends!

This year’s tour features the resurgent Midtown neighborhood, and will take place on Friday, October 6th from 5:30 – 8:30 PM and Saturday, October 7th from 11 AM – 4 PM.

Tour Neighborhood: Midtown

The Midtown area of Downtown Rochester has had many identities. In the early 20th century, Chestnut Street was the location of one of Rochester’s “red light” districts. Closely aligned with live performance theaters on South Clinton, if a young lady told you she lived there, you would have had suspicions about her “profession.” Broad Street did not yet exist – instead, there were many small streets with low rise apartment buildings, residential homes and modest commercial establishments.

In the mid 20th century, the Federal government-funded Urban Renewal Program wiped clean this area in an effort to “improve” the neighborhood, replacing the smaller dwellings with high rise apartment buildings, Manhattan Square Park, and the signature Midtown Plaza – America’s first urban indoor shopping mall.

Today we are seeing yet another chapter open in this fascinating area, as many new downtown apartments are on the cusp of opening to eager would-be downtown residents. The Tour will bring you to occupied apartments as well as a few models so new that you will likely be the first ones to step into the spaces without a hard hat.

Some of the sites on the tour include:

Tower 280
With a rich history starting in 1962, the Tower is one of two remaining elements of the first urban downtown mall in America. The renaissance of the office tower as urban living and work spaces is a joint venture of Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management. Generous tenants are opening their apartments, a cutting edge company will share their space and their vision – and you’ll get to discover the only rooftop dog park in Rochester.

The Metropolitan

One of the most recognizable buildings in our skyline, the former Lincoln Tower is one of those structures that lets you know you’re in Rochester. When you see the new living spaces inside, you’ll know you are in the newly revitalized Rochester!

88 on Elm

It’s got a brand new glass facade. We will be the first ones visiting this building without a hardhat! The absolutely newest loft apartments in downtown.

Residences at Columbus

This structure has quite the storied past. The historic Knights of Columbus building has been transformed into apartments available for different rental budgets, complete with a fascinating lobby.

Spectra at Sibley Square

We’ve featured the former retail spaces on past tours: now the residences in the tower are ready to tour. So new, the paint may not be dry! We’ll be seeing the high-end Spectra apartments.

There are more places and spaces opening – get our enewsletter for the latest information! (signup at the bottom of the page)

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