2015 Five to Revive Announced

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Today we announced our 2015 Five to Revive list. The Five to Revive is a list of historic sites that we identify each year as opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization.

“The Landmark Society of Western New York continues to be focused on preservation and community revitalization,” said Wayne Goodman Executive Director. “This is the third year we are announcing a Five to Revive list which has been very effective in calling attention to key properties in western New York that are in need of investment.”

“The Five to Revive initiative continues to enhance the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote preservation and adaptive reuse as an effective strategy for revitalization in Western New York,” said Tom Castelein, Vice-President of Preservation on The Landmark Society Board who chairs the Five to Revive initiative.

The 2015 Five to Revive list represents a diverse selection of building types located across Western New York, and illustrates a range of preservation issues. One spot on the list addresses a thematic subject, the inherent potential represented in fraternal organization meeting halls which have fallen into disuse. “The inclusion of these meeting halls – and we have three excellent examples – underscores the ongoing challenge these iconic buildings face,” said Castelein.

Significant Progress

Each year, these five properties become priority projects for Landmark Society staff and programs as we work collaboratively with owners, municipal officials, and developers to facilitate investment and foster rehabilitation. The ultimate goal is to return these important historic resources to a place of prominence in their respective communities, as economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.

Most of the 2014 Five to Revive properties have moved closer to that goal: The Hillside Cemetery and Chapel in Clarendon/Holley, Orleans County was recently awarded a major grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation to assist with repairs to the chapel, while several new special events at the cemetery have attracted many first-time visitors, who are now aware of this important community asset. The former Trinity Episcopal Church in the village of Seneca Falls is the focus of ongoing discussions for its rehabilitation and re-use by a local developer. The Erie Canal Warehouse in Brockport received a grant and local advocates are completing a final report highlighting potential uses for the building. The Landmark Society and the City of Rochester are partnering on a multi-year project to survey historic properties throughout the city and update the City’s Designated Buildings of Historic Value list.

Eastman Dental Dispensary [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

Eastman Dental Dispensary [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

The Eastman Dental Dispensary was on the inaugural list of Five to Revive in 2013. “I think this is the biggest success yet,” said Goodman. “This was a clear case of how the Five to Revive list called attention to the building and its needs and helped leverage significant funding to make its rehabilitation possible.” The building is currently being converted to senior housing, a project that gives a boost to that area of Rochester and is creating many local jobs while saving an irreplaceable historic resource.

The 2015 Five to Revive are…..

Click the links below to read more about each property.

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Former Wollensack Optical Company
872 Hudson Avenue
City of Rochester, Monroe County

 

 

 

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Lockwood-Alhart Cobblestone House and Retail Plaza
1090 Culver Road
City of Rochester, Monroe County

 

 

 

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Main St. East/North Clinton Avenue Retail District
132-226 E. Main Street and 1-17 Clinton Avenue North
City of Rochester, Monroe County

 

 

 

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302 Court Street
Village of Little Valley, Cattaraugus County

 

 

 

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Fraternal Meeting Halls
Rochester/Genesee Valley/Western New York region

Inside Downtown Tour 2015

Washington Square and More!
Proudly sponsored by Winn Development

The Inside Downtown Tour 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 will focus on the Washington Square area, plus several satellite locations. You’ll get to visit trendy condominiums, artists lofts, a landmark Bragdon designed church – even a behind the scenes theatre tour.

>>Click here for Ticketing and complete details. 

Inside Downtown Tour 2015

Washington Square and More!
Proudly sponsored by Winn Development

The Inside Downtown Tour 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 will focus on the Washington Square area, plus several satellite locations. You’ll get to visit trendy condominiums, artists lofts, a landmark Bragdon designed church – even a behind the scenes theatre tour.

>>Click here for Ticketing and complete details. 

2nd Thursday’s at St. Joseph’s Park

2nd Thursdays Networking Event sponsored by The Landmark Society of Western New York. Out and Equal New York Finger Lakes monthly event held at the recently reopened St. Joseph’s Park.

$10.00 Entry provides wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres .
>>Click here to RSVP.

About St. Joseph’s Park

St Joseph’s Park is located inside the remains of what was the city’s oldest Catholic church built by German immigrants in the 1800’s and destroyed in 1975 by a disastrous fire. The Landmark Society owned park opened in 1980 with renovation designed by Handler/Grosso Architects.

At the city’s center, just north of Main Street stands the haunting beautiful remains of St. Joseph’s Church, an edifice of Lockport stone whose massive walls, gracefully arched windows and soaring clock tower continue to inspire. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the inspiring ruin has for the last three decades been owned and preserved by the Landmark Society as a small park and an architectural focus for future downtown development.

About Out & Equal

Out & EqualTM Workplace Advocates is the preeminent national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace. Out & Equal New York Finger Lakes is one of 18 regional affiliates throughout the United States. Our members are located in Rochester, Canandaigua, Buffalo, Corning, Binghamton, Ithaca, Syracuse and points in between.

Our mission is to educate and empower organizations, human resource professionals, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.

Out & Equal provides enriching workplace services and programs, such as our Building Bridges LGBT Diversity Training and Town Call Series to realize our goal: to promote equality for all individuals, including the LGBT community, families, and allies in the workplace.

Out & Equal also makes significant advancements in our campaign for equality for all people in the workplace through 18 national regional affiliates (including NY Finger Lakes), networking events, discussion groups, professional speakers, our annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit, as well as promoting LGBT best practices, including Out & Equal’s 20 Steps to an Out & Equal Workplace.

Out & Equal’s newest program is www.lgbtcareerlink.com, an online career development portal serving diversity-friendly employers and the LGBT workforce alike.

Location info: St. Joseph’s Park, 108 Franklin Street (Corner of Pleasant St and Clinton St). Parking adjacent to building on Pleasant Street and street parking available.

Architecture For Lunch: East End/Grove Place

Explore the city’s glamorous East End cultural district in the heart of downtown Rochester. We’ll visit the last remaining Victorian residential district in  Center City, as we stroll through historic Grove Place and discover its quaint 19th-century architecture, whimsical public art, pocket gardens, and dramatic 20th century buildings. One of the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods, the East End has history, art, restaurants, and activities for all ages, interests and appetites!

Meet in front of Christ Church, 141 East Ave.

Timed to fit in with busy schedules and weekday lunch breaks, these 20-minute presentations feature information about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester.  Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society staff member and local history expert, will guide interested tour goers from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.  Architecture for Lunch tours are free and open to the public; held rain or shine, for the most interesting lunch break you’ve ever taken.  Meet Cynthia at 12:10 p.m. on June 12, 19 & 26.

Architecture for Lunch: St. Paul Street Garment District

Meet in front of H.H. Warner Building, 82 St. Paul St.

Timed to fit in with busy schedules and weekday lunch breaks, these 20-minute presentations feature information about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester.  Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society staff member and local history expert, will guide interested tour goers from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.  Architecture for Lunch tours are free and open to the public; held rain or shine, for the most interesting lunch break you’ve ever taken.  Meet Cynthia at 12:10 p.m. on June 12, 19 & 26.

Architecture For Lunch: Four Corners

Come explore the city’s historic “Four Corners” area, where Rochester’s financial, government and banking industries have been headquartered for nearly 200 years. Discover the original 100-Acre Tract purchased by entrepreneur Colonel Nathaniel Rochester, a Maryland resident and founder of our city in the early 1800s. Learn Rochester fascinating early history as a village, its development as an Erie Canal “Boom Town,” and the remarkable collection of historic architecture that’s located in this bustling neighborhood.

Meet at City Hall, 30 Church St (Church St./main entrance)

Timed to fit in with busy schedules and weekday lunch breaks, these 20-minute presentations feature information about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester.  Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society staff member and local history expert, will guide interested tour goers from 12:10 to 12:30 p.m.  Architecture for Lunch tours are free and open to the public; held rain or shine, for the most interesting lunch break you’ve ever taken.  Meet Cynthia at 12:10 p.m. on June 12, 19 & 26.

Best of 2014: 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 2014 with a highlight of 14 preservation successes.

2014 saw many successes, as well as new challenges and opportunities. Thank you to everyone who supports our work; together we can make a difference in communities across WNY. Here’s to many more successes in 2015!

1. The Preservation Conference goes statewide

For the first time ever, our annual Preservation Conference became a statewide event. This also marked the first time New York state has seen a statewide preservation conference in well over a dozen years. Over 230 (a record-setting number) preservation colleagues and community advocates joined us in Rochester’s East End for three days of inspirational stories, calls to action, and networking.

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2. Young Urban Preservationists

In March, a group of passionate young preservationists launched our new affiliate group, the Young Urban Preservationists, or YUPs for short. Whether it was a happy hour, our first annual Bikes, Beer & Buildings scavenger hunt, the re-opening of St. Joseph’s Park, or roasting marshmallows at. St. Joseph’s during Inside Downtown, we’ve been so excited to see so many youngish folks interested in preservation. Follow the YUPs on Facebook and Instagram, sign up for the YUP e-newsletter, or contact Caitlin to learn how you can get involved.

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3. WHERE THE #&@% AM I?

No, we didn’t have too much eggnog over the Christmas holiday. WHERE THE #&@% AM I? is a new coaster program we launched, along with the YUPs, this year. You scan the QR code on the back of the coaster and learn some interesting and titillating (sometimes apocryphal) tidbits about your favorite watering hole (which just so happens to be in a historic building). It’s currently been released in a few select locations in and around Rochester: Abilene Bar & Lounge; 2Vine; Black Button; Edibles; and the American Hotel in Lima (home to the largest urinal in the U.S.). Visit where.landmarksociety.org to learn more.

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4. Eastman Dental Dispensary on the road to renewal

Some of the best (and most overdue) news of 2014–one of our 2013 Five to Revive properties, the Eastman Dental Dispensary on E. Main St. in Rochester, will be rehabbed by Home Leasing LLC into senior apartments. Inclusion on our Five to Revive list was critical in securing a $3.5 million NYS grant.

Eastman Dental Dispensary [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

Eastman Dental Dispensary [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

5. Instagram

We don’t take a lot of selfies but our staff does spend a lot of time on the road, visiting communities across the region, and getting inside some pretty amazing historic buildings. Now you can join us in our travels…Follow @landmarksociety.

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6. House & Garden Tour sells out

The Highland Park neighborhood welcomed us and about 2,000 of our closest friends into their homes in June. Tourgoers got a taste of some of the best that city living has to offer–active and engaged neighbors; verdant gardens; an Olmsted-designed park right in your backyard; easy access to dining and shopping on South Ave; and, of course, unique architecture.

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7. Inside Downtown Tour sells out

It was billed as “A View from the Top” and that was certainly the case! From the incredible attendance to the incredible views, the 14th annual Inside Downtown Tour was up there with the best of them.  Attendees enjoyed an inside look at loft apartments and other great spaces in the Main and East area, not to mention a sneak peak of the great rehabilitation taking place in the Sibley building.

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8. New programming at Stone-Tolan Historic Site

In partnership with Green Zebra Catering, we offered the first ever farm to table Harvest Dinner at Stone-Tolan. Earlier in the year, in honor of Brighton’s bicentennial, we partnered with Historic Brighton and the Town of Brighton to re-enact the first town meeting, which took place at the Stone-Tolan house. Our very own preservation planner made her (reluctant) acting debut at this event!

Stay tuned for more new opportunities to experience Monroe County’s oldest home in 2015!

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Photo courtesy David Boyer

Photo courtesy David Boyer

9. Cocktails & Carburetors

Tourgoers at this special event got a look inside exclusive historic garages and automobiles.

Photo courtesy David Boyer

Photo courtesy David Boyer

10. Ribbon cuttings galore!

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the work we do at The Landmark Society is attending the ribbon cuttings once rehab projects have been completed. These projects are years, often decades, in the making and represent the culmination of years of hard work, vision, and a significant financial investment. The resurgence of downtown Rochester and its surrounding city neighborhoods simply would not be possible without preservation and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

2014 saw the completion and beginning of lots of exciting projects. To name just a few: 300 Alexander, Button Lofts, Cunningham Carriage Factory, Hart’s Local Grocers, as well as ongoing work on the Clarendon Stone Store (Orleans County), Edge of the Wedge, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Sibley Building, and the Bevier Building.

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11. St. Joseph’s Park opens its gates

The YUPs marked the official re-opening of St. Joseph’s Park in downtown Rochester this summer with the Open the Gates event. Despite a massive downpour and thunderstorm early in the evening, the crowds came out in force once the storm passed. We have been thrilled with the interest and support for this unique urban park and hope to continue this success next spring and summer.

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12. Downtown Holley receives Preserve NY grant

With assistance from Landmark staff, the Village of Holley successfully completed a grant application to the Preservation League of New York State’s, Preserve New York grant program. This grant will help fund the completion of a National Register of Historic Places district nomination for downtown Holley. Once the paperwork is complete, properties within the historic district–including our 2013 Five to Revive, the Holley High School–will be eligible for state and federal rehab tax credits, a key revitalization tool.

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13. Travel Tours

Our Travel Tour season completed another successful run with trips to Buffalo and the Hudson Valley.

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14. YOU–our members and supporters

Last but definitely not least, our members and supporters. Whether you attended the House & Garden Tour, donated to the Annual Fund, sponsored one of our many events, donated to the Jubilee Silent Auction, journeyed with us to the Hudson Valley on our Travel Tour, volunteered at an event, opened your home to us, or simply renewed your membership, your support was the most important success of the year. THANK YOU!

LM-2014-annual-appeal-fall-FINAL-green_Page_1You can continue to support our work across the region by making a contribution to our 2014 Annual Fund.

 

The Landmark Society 2014 Preservation Awards

Join us on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. for one of the most anticipated events of the year:  The Landmark Society’s 2014 Annual Awards.  This special ceremony will take place in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the handsomely restored Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street.  Built between 1885 and 1889 as the Federal Court House and Post Office, this iconic  building was rehabilitated in the late 1970s after many years of neglect and re-opened in 1978 as the new City Hall.  The effort to revitalize this once-vacant building received major support and guidance from The Landmark Society and has been honored with several major awards over the years.

A highlight of the calendar year, the Awards Ceremony will precede the Society’s Annual Jubilee celebration, scheduled one week later on Sunday, November 23.  The Awards are given to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area that have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, public buildings, historic properties, and landscapes.

This event is free and open to the public. Check back, we will be announcing winners in anticipation of the event!

 

Destination Main Street

Online registration has closed. Contact Carolyn Haygood at 546-7029 x11 to inquire if spots are available.

A high-impact breakfast presentation for Rochester’s business community, local officials, developers and citizens who believe in the future of their commercial corridors and the power of locally owned, small businesses.

Jon Schallert is an internationally-recognized speaker and business expert specializing in teaching businesses and communities how to turn themselves into Consumer Destinations. Schallert speaks to thousands annually on his proprietary 14-step “Destination Business” process, which he developed over the course of nearly 30 years of working with independent business owners.

Schedule

Check-in: 7:30-8:00am
Breakfast: 8:00-8:30
Presentation: 8:30-9:30
Wrap-up & networking: 9:30-10:00

Tickets

Online registration has closed. Contact Carolyn Haygood at 546-7029 x11 to inquire if spots are available.

$35/each
Purchase your tickets below or by calling 585.546.7029 x11
Is your business interested in sponsoring a table? Contact Larry Francer (585.546.7029 x14)

This event is held in partnership with Rochester Downtown Development Corp. and the Community Design Center of Rochester.

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