$3.6M awarded for Eastman Dental Dispensary redevelopment

Eastman Dental Dispensary [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

Eastman Dental Dispensary [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

Today Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that Home Leasing LLC will receive $3.6 million in funding provided by New York State Homes & Community Renewal for redevelopment of the Eastman Dental Dispensary in Rochester! The project will transform this State and National Register of Historic Places listed property into mixed-income and affordable housing units.
>>Click here for the full press release of the funding announcement 

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We are grateful and thrilled with this news, as the Dental Dispensary was one of our 2013 Five to Revive properties. We can’t wait to see this building restored to its former glory!

>>Click here to learn more about the Eastman Dental Dispensary

Reconnect Rochester wants to know: what could you do with a bus shelter?

Photo Courtesy Rick Urwin

Following the completion of the new RTS Transit Center, the bus shelters along Main Street will no longer be needed to provide shelter for passengers, and these retro beauties could be scraped. But we, citizens of Rochester, could change their fate!

Photo Courtesy Sharon Drummond

Reconnect Rochester has partnered with RGRTA and the City to solicit serious proposals for new uses for the former shelters;

Whatever your idea, write it up, include a drawing or two, and send it to info@reconnectrochester.org along with your contact information and a brief explanation.

Proposals should include:
• your name(s)
• your business or organization name
• contact information
• which shelter(s) you would like to use
• what purpose you would use the shelter for
• when you could start using it
• the length of time you’d use it for
• any other relevant details
• and any illustrations or drawings that might help explain your idea

Proposals will be reviewed by the City and then a meeting will be set up to discuss.

Even if you lack in the artistic department, they want your written idea anyway!

Read more about the shelters and see some ideas on Reconnect Rochester.

Agreeing with many of the comments already posted, a coffee kiosk could be an excellent new use. Here’s an inspiration from my vacation in Burlington, VT last summer.

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This is such an exciting project to get the community inovlved in place making decisions, what would you do with a shelter?

Submit your ideas to info@reconnectrochester.org now. We can’t wait to see what Rochester comes up with!

Bucolic Historic Site in Bethany Now on the Market!

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The former Bethany Town Hall is located in a bucolic rural setting in Genesee County. This location offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle with easy access to urban centers. It’s just 15 minutes to Batavia or LeRoy and 45 minutes from Rochester or Buffalo.

Photo Courtesy: Chelsea Amrhein

Photo Courtesy: Chelsea Amrhein

This 1832 Greek Revival is solidly built and features loads of historic details and charm. Hardwood floors, original wood doors, wainscoting, and light fixtures throughout. Approximately 5,000 square feet on two floors includes plenty of open space—perfect for a loft style residence or artist’s studio. Spaces include meeting hall, restrooms and kitchen on first floor and auditorium, stage, dressing rooms and offices on second floor.

The Old Bethany Town Hall has been the center of community life for generations. It has functioned as a church, an academy, the Town Hall, and a grange hall. The history and character of this building can be yours!

Landmark Society staff are working with the Town of Bethany to finalize details
on the marketing of this property. Please stay tuned for more information coming
soon. In the meantime, contact Caitlin Meives with inquiries.

 

Best of 2013: Preservation in WNY

It’s that time of year, when pundits, news outlets, and TV shows look back on the year in review, when  Facebook and Twitter feeds are filled with best-of lists. So why not jump on the bandwagon? Here’s our look back at 2013 with a highlight of 13 preservation successes.

1. Walk the Walk reaches over 1600 students

With a new specialized Rochester African-American History Rap program for 2nd graders, Walk the Walk this year reached a record-setting number of children–over 1600 students plus over 200 teachers and chaperones.

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2. Preservation Conference

Our Preservation Conference in the village of Brockport was a roaring success with new speakers, timely topics and nearly 200 community advocates, municipal leaders, and preservation professionals in attendance.IMG_20130420_095329_505

3. Launched Five to Revive program

In May, we announced our inaugural Five to Revive list, with Mayor Thomas Richards, County Executive Maggie Brooks, and Senator Joe Robach (among others) in attendance. Since then, we have been working with stakeholders to find solutions to move these properties forward towards revitalization. Two of the properties have rehabilitation plans in the works.

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Five to Revive press conference held in May, 2013 at the Pulaski Library. [Photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

4. Free Academy

2013 saw the completion of the rehabilitation of the Free Academy at 13 S. Fitzhugh St. in Rochester. One of downtown’s most recognizable buildings, the Free Academy had long been vacant. The award-winnng rehab project was completed by developers George and Katia Traikos.

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5. Inside Downtown Tour

Our Inside Downtown Tour in the Cascade District sold out. Nearly 2000 ticket holders toured rehabbed historic buildings in a downtown Rochester that is experiencing an exciting revitalization. The Tour showcased pivotal and award-winning adaptive reuses, including Bridge Square, the mid-century modern 44 Exchange, the Free Academy, and modern infill townhouses on Plymouth Ave.

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6. Stone-Tolan Historic Site

Due to the generosity of the Davenport-Hatch Foundation and the Rochester Area Community Foundation, this summer we were able to bring in some of the finest craftsmen in the region to bring this spectacular property back to its former glory.  Master carpenters Matt Sweger and Eric Cady rebuilt custom wooden storm windows, repaired trim, rebuilt animal pens and the wooden well as well as completed repairs on the historic barn. Tim McGrath and his meticulous crew of painters painted not only the house and barn but also the majestic wooden fence that encloses the heirloom apple orchard and runs the length of the property.

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Stone-Tolan Historic Site. Photo courtesy Richard Margolis.

7. Clarendon Stone Store

After a year and a half of cooperative marketing efforts and preservation advocacy with the Town of Clarendon, the Clarendon Stone Store was sold (for $1!) to new owners who have already begun rehabbing this iconic 1836 landmark. We can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

Town Supervisor Richard Moy, right, presented the keys of the Clarendon Stone Stone to Sue and Joe Fertitta on Friday. The couple also was presented a souvenir T-Shirt from the town’s bicentennial. An image of the store is on the back of the shirt. Photo courtesy OrleansHub.com.

8. Over $15,000 in grant money

In the second year of the Preservation Grant Fund program, we provided $15,100 to help kickstart rehab projects for at-risk properties throughout the region. Grant recipients included: the Sampson Theatre in Penn Yan, Genesee Baptist Church in Rochester, Pratt Opera Theater in Albion, Church of God and Saints in Christ (former Leopold St. Shul) in Rochester, Pulaski Library in Rochester, Valentown Hall in Victor, Kingston Hotel in Canaseraga, and College Hall at the Elim Bible Institute in Lima.

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Pratt Opera Theater in Albion.

9. 660 W Main

Working with neighborhood residents, we advocated for the preservation and reuse of this vacant historic church in Rochester. Claiming that the building was a hazard and unfit for rehabilitation, in 2012, the owner proposed replacing the historic building with a new Dollar General store. A structural engineer’s report, funded by a Landmark Society grant, determined that the building was structurally sound. Although the ultimate fate of 660 W Main still remains uncertain, the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied the owner’s application for a variance to demolish the building.

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10. Ghost Walk’s 20th Anniversary

The award-winning Landmark Society Ghost Walk reached its 20th anniversary of sharing Rochester’s architecture and historic in a dramatic, spooky format.

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11. 19th Ward project begins

Working closely with the 19th Ward Community Association, we began a project to create four National Register Historic Districts in the 19th Ward neighborhood. National Register listing will allow homeowners to qualify for the NYS historic homeowner rehab tax credits, helping strengthen ongoing revitalization efforts in the neighborhood. To help complete this project, The Landmark Society and the 19th Ward Community Association were awarded generous grant funding from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Preservation League of New York State, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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12. Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Along with about 300 of our closest friends (members, donors and supporters), in November we celebrated 75 years of past accomplishments and the success of our new initiatives.

Over 300 members and supporters attended the Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Over 300 members and supporters attended the Diamond Jubilee Celebration

13. 75th Anniversary Campaign

At our Diamond Jubilee Celebration, we announced the successful completion of our 75th Anniversary fundraising campaign. Thanks to our many generous supporters we surpassed our goal, raising $555,000 to fund new initiatives and re-invigorate existing programs.

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Support the 2013 Annual Fund!

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Landmark Society staff pose with members of the Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre Company in front of the Sampson Theatre in Penn Yan, one of the 2013 Five to Revive.


The many celebrations that marked our 75th anniversary during 2012 and 2013 were exciting, but for those of us who love preservation work and the people who support these projects, the fun is just beginning.

We have benefited from the generosity of our members, our donors, and the general public who have embraced our programs, old and new. The milestone of our 75th anniversary offered us a unique opportunity to showcase your favorite programs in a different light and introduce new initiatives with partners from across our nine-county service area. We are proud to be considered the subject-matter experts on preservation in Western New York, but we are equally pleased to be valued for our ability to work in revitalizing neighborhoods and small communities, and to play a part in teaching the next generation about adaptive reuse.

The work of The Landmark Society of Western New York reflects the interests and demands of the communities that we serve and our members who are committed to our mission. We value your confidence in us and we need your ongoing support, not only through membership dollars, but also through contributions to the Annual Fund. Both funding sources are critical to furthering the work we all embrace. We stand on the shoulders of our members and donors over the last 75 years.

>>Please help us build on their vision by making a gift to this year’s Annual Fund.

>>Click here for more information about the Sampson Theatre in Penn Yan and the 2013 Five to Revive program.

Special Citation: B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House

The Landmark Society’s 2013 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of the upcoming Awards Ceremony we will be featuring some of this year’s award winners.

A Special Citation provides recognition for projects that do not fit into other categories or recognizes outstanding individual or group accomplishments in the field of historic preservation.

B. Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House
Colgate Rochester Divinity School campus
1000 S. Goodman Street, city of Rochester 

Photo Credit: Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School

We honor the American Cancer Society for its creative rehabilitation of a vacant, 1930s dormitory complex for their new and expanded facility devoted to respite, comfort and healing for critically ill people and their caregivers.  It is located on the dramatic campus of the Colgate Rochester Divinity School, a major work by noted American architect James Gamble Rogers.

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

In recent years, changing programs at the theological seminary required less space than in former decades.  Trevor and Eaton Halls, adjacent dormitories, now vacant, offered an exceptional opportunity to re-design their interiors for the needs of the American Cancer Society and its programs, which had outgrown their former facility.

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Working with Bergmann Associates, architects, engineers and planners and LeChase Construction, the remarkable transformation from cramped and out-dated dormitories to a full-service, accessible, and welcoming hospitality center in a serene and peaceful environment was completed.

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

The new Hope Lodge provides free lodging and support for out-of-town patients who are being treated at area medical centers, providing them and their caregivers a temporary home during extended medical treatments.

Visit our Success Stories page for other 2013 winner previews and to see last year’s winners! Check back tomorrow for our last 2013 preview and please join us this Sunday, 11/10 at 3PM for the Awards Ceremony.

Award of Merit: 44 Exchange Boulevard

The Landmark Society’s 2013 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of the upcoming Awards Ceremony we will be featuring some of this year’s award winners.

The Award of Merit is for the sympathetic rehabilitation of an historic building in our 9-county region completed within the past two years.

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44 Exchange Boulevard, City of Rochester

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Located near the Four Corners and across the street from the Blue Cross Arena, the International-style, former Central Trust Bank Building was built in 1959 and designed by Rochester architect Carl Traver.  Listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, it has been creatively rehabilitated as contemporary apartments and first-floor retail space.

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Project challenges for this building included restoring the original glass wall tiles and fabricating new aluminum sash that reflected the original design, yet included modern, energy-saving features.

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One of the youngest buildings to use the Federal Investment Tax Credit program, this mid-century modern building was rehabilitated by Rochester developers Ben Kendig and James Phillippone, who teamed with R.J. Lindsay Buildings and Interiors and  Bero Architecture PLLC.  The project was also a recipient of a 2013 Preservation Award from the Preservation League of New York State.

>>Click here to learn more about this project!

Visit our Success Stories page to see other 2013 Award winners, and check out last year’s winners!

Award of Merit: Bridge Square Building

The Landmark Society’s 2013 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 10 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of the upcoming Awards Ceremony we will be featuring some of this year’s award winners.

The Award of Merit is for the sympathetic rehabilitation of an historic building in our 9-county region completed within the past two years.

Bridge Square Building
242 West Main Street, City of Rochester

Photo courtesy of Richard Margolis

Photo courtesy of Richard Margolis

Located in the Bridge Square Historic District, this handsome industrial building is situated at the western gateway into the city’s downtown business district.  It was originally built around 1900 as the headquarters of the J. Hungerford Smith Company, manufacturers of flavored syrups and soda fountain products.  Its subsequent uses were a City Hall annex, a trade/high school, and, most recently, the Josh Lofton High School of the City School District. The building was purchased by Passero Associates, who rehabilitated it for mixed use, sustainable, design that includes their own offices, retail spaces, and loft-style apartments.

Photo Courtesy Gene Avallone

Photo Courtesy Gene Avallone

Major rehabilitation work included the replacement of much-altered exterior windows with new window sash fabricated in the style of the original, c.1900 windows.   Listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the project was completed by Passero Associates, in conjunction with Spoleta Construction, using the Federal Investment Tax Credit program for income-producing properties.

Photo Courtesy Don Corcoran Photography

Photo Courtesy Don Corcoran Photography

Visit our Success Stories page to see 2012 Preservation Award winners and stay tuned for more 2013 winners!

Inside Downtown Tour 2013

Cascade District – Plus!

Presented by Buckingham Properties
and Hugh & Mary Clare Hamlin

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.

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>>Click here for complete Tour information and Ticket Purchase<<

Inside Downtown Tour 2013

Cascade District – Plus!

Presented by Buckingham Properties
and Hugh & Mary Clare Hamlin

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.

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>>Click here for complete Tour information and Ticket Purchase<<