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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ROC360 Walking Tour

Guided tour of downtown Rochester ends 300 feet above street level at CloudSmartz

Presented by the Young Urban Preservationists, the Democrat & Chronicle’s RocNext section, CloudSmartz Inc., and the Rochester Downtown Development Corp.

This event is free but registration is required.
>>Click here to reserve your spot.

Take a tour of downtown Rochester – the buildings in transition and a look at its new beginning – during ROC360, a guided walking tour sponsored by IT services company CloudSmartz Inc., the Democrat and Chronicle’s RocNext section and The Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists, and the RDDC.

Guided tours begin at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Democrat and Chronicle, 55 Exchange Blvd., will loop around various sections of the city’s center, highlight some of the buildings under redevelopment and local history, and will end on the 21st floor of the First Federal Building, the home of CloudSmartz for a reception, networking and cocktails. The final tour will leave from the Democrat and Chronicle at 6 p.m.

Visitors will be encouraged to bring their smartphones, take pictures along various routes in the city and post to Instagram and Twitter using the #ROC360 hashtag. These photos may be used for an online gallery at the Democrat and Chronicle.

This event is free but registration is required.
>>Click here to reserve your spot.

Click here for a sneak peek of the 360 degree view you’ll have from 300 feet up at CloudSmartz, Inc’s offices.

**Rain location: Guests will be invited to CloudSmartz Inc. for a reception, networking and refreshments in case of heavy showers.

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Inside Downtown Tour 2014

View from the Top!
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Proudly sponsored by Winn Development

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.

UPDATE: Online ticket sales have closed. Purchased tickets will be available for pickup at Tour Headquarters (RoCo, 137 East Ave.) during Tour hours only. If we are not sold out, day-of tickets will also be available for purchase ($25 each) during Tour hours.

Click here for the #insidedowntown tour page

Inside Downtown Tour 2014

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

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.

UPDATE: Online ticket sales have closed. Purchased tickets will be available for pickup at Tour Headquarters (RoCo, 137 East Ave.) during Tour hours only. If we are not sold out, day-of tickets will also be available for purchase ($25 each) during Tour hours.

Click here for the #insidedowntown tour page

 

Tick Tock Tick Tock… so says the Inside Downtown Tour Clock!

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It’s too late to get Inside Downtown Tour tickets mailed to you.   Fortunately it’s NOT too late to get advance tickets – but time is running out!  Can’t mail them, but we will just hold them for you at the tour headquarters, Rochester Contemporary Art Center at 137 East Avenue. Make it your first tour stop on Friday night between 5 pm and 8:30 or Saturday between 10:30 am and 4 pm.  You can purchase those money-saving beauties by clicking here, coming to our office between 9 am and 4 pm Monday through Thursday at 133 South Fitzhugh Street in Corn Hill, or going to Parkleigh at 215 Park Avenue.

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What about tickets the days of the tour?  Time may be running out for those tickets as well!  Last year’s tour sold out on the second tour day and, so far, the tickets are flying out the door faster than in 2013.  We DO plan to have tickets for sale at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and we will do our best to post information prominently on our webpage, if we completely sell out.  We will certainly have tickets available Friday night, and chances are a handful left on Saturday.

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But why tempt fate?  Order in advance, and relax over that pre-tour Friday cocktail or Saturday morning brunch knowing you’re about to embark on an amazing tour.

We also have a last minute, under the wire update on the tour.  Two additional apartments have been added – one of the tenants had been traveling and was not able to commit until returning to Rochester.  The tenant is an artist, and his apartment is an incredible treat – a penthouse filled with original works.  Don’t miss it!

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Posted by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Tour details: East Ave & E. Main St. | Friday September 12  5:30 to 8:30 pm |Saturday, September 13 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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!

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Liberty Pole

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Is it a giant cheese slicer?

The newest version of a cellular tower?

Or simply a convenient place to have a non-religious celebration of December holidays?

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For many of us, that is when the Liberty Pole is the focus of our attention, when it is strung with lights to serve as a faux Christmas tree decoration.  But it’s so much more!

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A site for protest.   A liberty pole is a long-standing American tradition of political protest and celebration. Before and during the American Revolution wooden poles serving as flag poles or for display of political sentiments were often erected in town squares.   English authorities would periodically destroy them – leading to violent struggles with the “Sons of Liberty.”

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A place for patriotic tribute. After the war, poles were erected in communities to commemorate those struggles and celebrate patriotic pride. Rochester’s first Liberty Pole was built on this same spot in 1846. When it was destroyed in a storm, the new one went up in 1860, standing proudly at 102 feet tall with a large wooden ball and weather vane.  The new Liberty Pole remained as a place for social gatherings until Christmas Day 1889, when it, too, crashed in a violent wind storm.

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A significant public art installation. Designed by award-winning Rochester architect James H. Johnson (creator of the “mushroom house” in Perinton) it was completed in 1965. The 190-foot-high stainless steel structure paid tribute to the past traditions, while boldly proclaiming the modern age in its style.  As with most art, it attracted its share of vocal fans and detractors. Whatever you may think of the current liberty pole, it has certainly stood up to all kinds of weather.

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Peace and protest.  Since its erection, the Liberty Pole has seen echoes of both sides of its heritage. True to its origins, the location has seen its share of late 20th and early 21st century protests, from the Vietnam War era to current day.  We’ve also gathered there as a community to celebrate the lighting of the pole in its holiday role, to enjoy musical performances, and to simply admire – or complain – about this unique edifice, anchoring the Inside Downtown Tour neighborhood. 

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Posted by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Tour details: East Ave & E. Main St. | Friday September 12  5:30 to 8:30 pm |Saturday, September 13 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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!

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Inside Downtown Tour Outside Attractions

Many people think of downtown as a central business district belted by the Inner Loop, but Rochester’s Center City is actually a collection of mixed-use neighborhoods, each with their own distinct character.  It may also be surprising to some that downtown is sprinkled with green spaces ranging in scale from large parks to intimate gardens.

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This year’s Inside Downtown Tour will offer a “View from the Top”, as many of the featured sites offer panoramic views from lofty heights.  This unique opportunity allows not only a chance to take in the striking downtown skyline from a unique perspective, but also highlights how green our city is, with its tree lined avenues radiating out from the central core, and lush parklands dotting the landscape beyond.  There are several unique green spaces not to be missed during this year’s tour, which spans multiple downtown neighborhoods.

Starting at Tour Headquarters, which this year will be located at Rochester Contemporary Art Center, take in the beautiful corner park located next door and in front of Christ Church.  This beautiful neighborhood garden is owned and maintained by the church, and is a popular gathering spot in the East End neighborhood.  Surrounded by borders of flowering shrubs, perennials and seasonal annuals, the garden is an oasis in the middle of a busy downtown neighborhood.  Be sure to take in the majestic honey locust tree which is over 100 years old.

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Heading down East Avenue to where it intersects with Main Street the iconic Liberty Pole anchors the vista, and serves as the centerpiece of Liberty Pole Plaza.  Designed by local architect James H. Johnson in 1965, the steel sculpture rises 198 feet high and sits on the site of a wooden liberty pole that was originally erected in 1846.  The plaza provides a place of gathering and is surrounded by three iconic buildings, all of which are on this year’s tour: The Sibley Building, the Temple Building and the Bank of America Building.

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Moving west down Main Street toward the entrance to the Sibley Building, take a moment to check out the construction progress at the Midtown site.  The superblock that contained Midtown Plaza has been subdivided into smaller parcels, allowing much of the historic street grid to be reconstructed.  At the center of the project, a new public open space is emerging which will be called Midtown Commons.  The space includes areas of hardscape, open lawn, trees, ornamental plantings and decorative lighting.  Midtown Commons is anchored on its north side by the Windstream Building, and to the south construction is underway on transforming Midtown Tower into a vibrant mixed-use building (look for it on a future inside Downtown Tour).

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Walking up Franklin Street from the Liberty Pole Plaza and Sibley Building, the spire of the former St. Joseph’s Church comes into view, now the centerpiece of St. Joseph’s Park which is owned and maintained by the Landmark Society.  St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest Catholic church in Rochester, was ravaged by fire in 1978 which gutted the building, but spared the front façade and iconic combination bell/clock tower.  The ruined structure was preserved and transformed into a unique urban park which highlights the impressive masonry construction of the original building.  The Landmark Society has recently completed repairs to the structure, and improvements to its landscape in an effort to make this unique urban park more accessible to the public.

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>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Posted by Anthony Bellomo, IDT chair and downtown resident.

Tour details: East Ave & E. Main St. | Friday September 12  5:30 to 8:30 pm |Saturday, September 13 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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!

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Inside Downtown Tour – Unique Experiences?

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Is the word “unique” overused? Every restaurant, every attraction, every app loves to promote itself as “unique.”

I’d like to put that to the test, and see if it is an appropriate word to use in describing the Inside Downtown Tour, coming up on Friday September 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday September 13 from 11 am to 4 pm. You might think that a tour that gets you inside private apartments and other fabulous spaces in downtown Rochester would easily qualify for the “U-word.”  But if that is not enough, here are some of the experiences in addition to the incredible architecture waiting for ticket holders on the tour days.

Sipping beneath gloves, combs, scarves, pens, and jewelry dripping from the ceiling.  Our tour headquarters will be the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.  One of the current exhibitions in “State of the City 2014” features lost (and found) objects displayed above your head. Thanks to sponsor Underberg and Kessler, on Saturday the 13th you can enjoy light beverages and snacks while pondering the connections between the objects.

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Pressing the PH button.  When is the last time you got to press that button on an elevator panel?  On tour days, you won’t need a special pass or keyfob to go to the top – just a tour ticket.

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270 degree view, indoors and out. The outdoor balcony wraps around 3 sides, 11 stories in the air.  For those with acrophobia, you can enjoy the view from inside, gazing through the glass curtain walls of a mid-century marvel.

A view that will make you WANT to sit in the dentist chair. Dr Michael Lewis is kindly opening his office to the tour goers. No worries, an appointment is required if you want to have any of those pointy things stuck in your mouth.

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The best weather watching windows.  Something about seeing the drama of weather played out against the downtown skyline makes you glad for the large windows in this apartment.

The only private downtown pool and firepit.  Okay, you won’t be swimming on this September tour, but you will get to admire this great setting, seldom seen by anyone but the residents.

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An employee cafeteria or cool coffee café? Craft Café was started by D4 eDiscovery to give their employees a place to grab lunch or meet.  But it was too good to keep to themselves, so it’s open to the public as well. On Friday night of the tour they are offering ticket holders complimentary light refreshments.  You can buy great stuff from their menu that night and on the Saturday tour day as well.

A s’mores bar in a burned out church.  We can’t make this stuff up.  Our new YUPs group (Young Urban Preservationists) will be hosting a s ‘mores bar for ticket holders on the Saturday in St Joseph’s Park. Come and roast your marshmallows in a space created from the shell of a church destroyed by fire decades ago.  Rumor has it there will be some cool things happening in the park on Friday night as well.

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How did we do?  Comment to let us know if you think this tour deserves the “U-word.”

There’s one more unique thing about the Inside Downtown Tour – last year it sold out for the first time ever.

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

Posted by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Tour details: East Ave & E. Main St. | Friday September 12  5:30 to 8:30 pm |Saturday, September 13 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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!

>>Follow this link to get your tickets in advance!

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. Bella Weddings of Rochester will introduce you to the newest spot for weddings and events and Battatini’s, Green Zebra Catering Company, Grain & Salt, and Max Rochester will titillate your palate serving hors d’oeuvres. The Landmark Society will fill you in on all the great work that they are doing in Rochester and the region while you snap photo booth wedding shots and relax in this beautiful urban park.

$10.00 Entry provides wine, beer, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres .
Reservations: https://oenyfingerlakes.groupsite.com/main/summary

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.

Rain location: RoCo, 137 East Avenue