Inside Downtown Tour

View from the Top!
East Avenue and East Main Street
Proudly sponsored by Winn Development

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The Inside Downtown Tour highlights 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 sites radiate off of East Avenue and East Main Street.The Inside Downtown Tour will give you the “View from the Top” as penthouses and rooftops are open for the 2014 ticket holders. It’s all part of the effort to showcase urban living and working in re-purposed buildings – and to have a great time doing so!

Why are we calling it “View from the Top?” There are an extraordinary number of penthouses opening for us, plus the view from the top of One East Avenue is unequaled at any other site. You’ll have all of Rochester (and a good portion of Monroe County) at your feet. Some of the sites include:

• “The finest residential hotel in the world” is how the Sagamore Hotel was described in a 1925 postcard. That’s the building you may know as East Avenue Commons. When you see the public spaces and penthouses in the Residences at 111 on East, you’ll know that the historic building’s grandeur has been restored. This might also be the only downtown residence with a rooftop swimming pool and firepit.

• A meeting spot for Rochesterians for generations. Sibley’s Department Store was, simply put, the center of downtown for almost the entire 20th century. We shopped, ate, drank and celebrated at the venerable department store. On the Inside Downtown Tour, you’ll see the progress and plans that are underway in this landmark’s restoration. Visit the tearoom and the private dining area, as well as restored offices in the Sibley Tower building . Weather depending, you may actually get a closeup look at the clock tower, with a visit to the roof!

• A religious site with a quite unique way of supporting their congregation. It looks like any other fine office building. But did you ever wonder how the Temple Building got its name? It was built by an enterprising congregation as a way to support the Second Baptist Church’s temple on the first floor with the rental revenues from the office tower. After decades as an office building, the structure now houses 1 and 2 story loft apartments, as well as luxurious penthouse apartments.

• And oh yes – the Penthouse at One East Avenue. You may remember the building as the Security Trust Bank, right at the corner of East and East Main. A fantastic mid-century modern design, the top floor has been renovated to serve as a party and meeting spot. What will wow you? The incredible views from ceiling to floor windows and a wrap around balcony. On a clear day, you’ll see Lake Ontario. On pretty much any day you will get a view of Rochester’s amazing architectural detail in every direction.

Check out the special tour insert in the CITY Newspaper


Friday, September 12th | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 13th | 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Your tour ticket will be good both Friday evening September 12th and Saturday during the day of September 13th. You may visit each tour stop one time, in any order that you desire. On Friday night we’ll have the friendly “Rochester Red Shirts” to greet you and guide you.

Tour HeadquartersRochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) | 137 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14604.
Parking for event on street, East End Garage and surface lots.


Inside Downtown Tour Tickets are available online now for advance purchase. Tickets will be mailed to you or can be picked up at The Landmark Society after September 1st. Tickets will be available in person at Parkleigh and The Landmark Society office by September 1st.

Advance tickets are $22. Landmark members may purchase $18 advance tickets from Landmark Society only, online or by phone at (585)546-7029 x11.  If tickets are available the days of the tour they will be $25 for all, sold at Tour HQ, Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo).


After you purchase your tickets, invite your friends and family to attend the tour too! Use the hashtag #insidedowntown on social media and tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Last year’s tour was a sell-out!




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