St. Joseph’s Park

St. Joseph’s Park is the Perfect Location for your Special Occasion!

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

One of Rochester’s best-kept secrets is available for the community to enjoy again, after being closed for many years.  In a partnership with Bella and Co., The Landmark Society rents out this beautiful urban park for photo shoots, weddings and other celebrations.


Featuring dramatic iron fences, gates and stone arches, St. Joseph’s Park is located inside the remains of what was the city’s oldest Catholic church, destroyed in 1975 by a disastrous fire.

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

The Redemptorist Fathers, along with the German Immigrants of the early 1800’s, purchased the site and spent over three years building the main body of the church.  The church soon became the mother church of nine other German parishes in western New York.  The quiet old building over the decades literally became known as the “Oasis of Grace”.  The bell tower was constructed in 1909.

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

In the years following the destructive fire, determined citizens and institutions felt that the distinctive tower was an irreplaceable feature of the Rochester landscape and thus created St. Joseph’s Park.  With its enclosed courtyard and fountain, The Landmark Society-owned park opened in 1980 with renovation designed by Handler/Grosso Architects and was enjoyed by many in the area.

Due to the generosity of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Davenport-Hatch Foundation and Ted Collins Tree and Landscape as well as the hard work of Landmark staff and volunteers, many will enjoy the site more in the future.  Public events are also in the planning stages to introduce this unique architectural venue to varied audiences.


St. Joseph’s Park can accommodate 125 guests for a wedding ceremony.  Please contact Jenna at, 585.943.0796 for rates and dates.


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