Discover Silver Lake: 150 Years of Historic Architecture

Join Architectural Historicna Cynthia Howk for a slide talk titled, “Discover Silver Lake: 150 Years of Historic Architecture” on Saturday August 2, 2014, 7pm at Epworth Hall on the Silver Lake Institute campus. This event is free and open to the public.

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The slide talk will feature a selection of the wide-ranging historic architecture on/around Silver Lake, which includes residential, commercial, recreational, religious, and agricultural buildings built over the past 150 years. The talk is part of the on-going Summer event series scheduled during July & August at Silver Lake Institute.

 

DIRECTIONS: Silver Lake Institute is located approximately 1 hour southwest of Rochester on the EAST side of Silver Lake. It is immediately south of the village of Perry, Wyoming County. Take Route 39 (Main St.) south, through the village of Perry. At Chapman Road ( approx. 1.5 miles south of the village), turn RIGHT (west) onto Chapman Road. You will see a sign – “Camp Asbury” – at the corner. This intersection is also highly visible, with a Drive-in/restaurant/miniature golf course complex on the NORTHWEST corner of Route 39 & Chapman Rd. Drive west on Chapman Road, towards Silver Lake, and you will come to the main entrance to the Silver Lake Institute campus. Epworth Hall, a large auditorium/meeting center, is on the RIGHT; parking for Epworth Hall is on the adjacent lawn.

2014 House and Garden Tour Preview #3

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The Doors are Ready to Open for You

And you don’t even have to knock!   The Landmark host will be standing there, waiting to welcome you into a home where usually only family and friends are admitted.

Of course, the host WILL want to see your ticket.

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The 44th Annual House and Garden Tour is almost upon us, and the homeowners and gardeners of the Mt Hope and Highland Historic Neighborhood are completing the finishing touches inside and out.  We’re so grateful for their generosity in opening their private living spaces to you.

You know you want to go inside. Face it, we all like to see how other folks have arranged their living rooms, if they painted or papered their dining rooms, and what kind of cabinets work well in their kitchens. Those are the added “pluses” of touring these remarkable architectural treasures.  From the sweet bungalows to the massive “palaces” built for Rochester’s horticultural royalty, the doors will be open on June 7 and 8.  But only if you get a tour ticket!

-Written by Cindy Boyer, Director of Public Programs

Check out the House and Garden Tour page for complete details and to purchase your tickets now!

Film|Frederick Law Olmsted-Designing America

Please join our friends of the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects in celebrating their 60th anniversary with the film Frederick Law Olmsted-Designing America, at The Little Theatre at 6:30 pm.

The documentary is an hour in length and following the film will be a panel discussion featuring local speakers; JoAnn Beck, ASLA, City of Rochester’s Senior Landscape Architect and Katie Eggers Comeau, Architectural Historian at Bero Architecture PLLC, as well as guests from Ithaca, NY Judy Hyman, and Jeff Cluas. The panel will be moderated by Project Manager at Bayer Landscape Architecture, Zakery Steele, ASLA.

At the conclusion of the panel discussion, attendees are cordially invited to the 60th Anniversary reception at Ballroom 384 at East Ave Inn & Suites. Tickets are just $25 for this great documentary and wonderful occasion! 

>>Click here to purchase your tickets

“Hidden Treasures: A Selection of Historic Houses and Gardens in the Greater Rochester Region”

Join our esteemed Architectural Research Coordinator, Cynthia Howk for a slide talk, “Hidden Treasures: A Selection of Historic Houses and Gardens in the Greater Rochester Region.”  This talk is part of an open discussion/lecture series, bringing together Brickstone, St. John’s Meadows & the Rochester community.  University-level topics are discussed in a relaxed environment where everyone is encouraged to participate.  It is a fun & engaging community experience.

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125 Years of Rochester’s Parks

Celebrate the 125th birthday of the Rochester park system. Katie Eggers Comeau will discuss her recent contribution to the journal Rochester History, tracing the city’s many parks from their 19th-century beginnings through the present. Learn about the fascinating backstory of old favorites, like Highland, Genesee Valley, and Seneca Parks, as well as such modern counterparts as Turning Point Park.

Genesee Valley Park

Genesee Valley Park

Katie Eggers Comeau is the architectural historian at Bero Architecture PLLC, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association for Olmsted Parks. Prior to joining the Bero Architecture staff in 2010, she was the Director of Preservation Services at the Landmark Society of Western New York, where her projects included extensive documentation of and advocacy for Rochester’s historic park system. The lecture will be followed by a Question and Answer session. Copies of Comeau’s article will be for sale, and the author will be available to sign them.

Highland Park

Highland Park

>>Click here for the event flyer

Sunday, March 16 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building | Sponsored by the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. Call 585-428-8370 for more information.

125 Years of Rochester’s Parks

Genesee Valley Park

Genesee Valley Park

Celebrate the 125th birthday of the Rochester park system. Katie Eggers Comeau will discuss her recent contribution to the journal Rochester History, tracing the city’s many parks from their 19th-century beginnings through the present. Learn about the fascinating backstory of old favorites, like Highland, Genesee Valley, and Seneca Parks, as well as such modern counterparts as Turning Point Park. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 16 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building | Sponsored by the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. Call 585-428-8370 for more information.

>>Click here to learn more

Discover Sweden: 200 Years of Historic Architecture

Above is Lakeview Cemetery & its handsome Romanesque Revival chapel on Lake Rd. (Route 19) in the town of Sweden.  It’s a property that’s individually listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Designed by a noted Rochester landscape architect, the cemetery was the recipient of a Landmark Society Historic Landscape Award in 2010. This property is just a taste of what you’ll see at Discover Sweden.

The program will feature examples of historic resources in both the town of Sweden & its adjacent village, Brockport.  Come see views of Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian-era styles typical of western New York’s  19th-century, rural communities, through the early/mid 20th century with Craftsman,  Art Deco and International styles, to the  post-World War II suburban development highlighted by ranch, split-level and Cape Cods.

There will be distinctive examples of barns, canal structures, cobblestone buildings and other “hidden treasures” that are not widely known to the Brockport/Sweden residents. This is the first historic architecture talk that The Landmark Society of Western New York has ever presented in Sweden and one you do not want to miss!

>>Click here to view the program flyer

Discover Sweden: 200 Years of Historic Architecture

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Join our Architectural Historian extraordinaire, Cynthia Howk, at the Sweden Senior Center this Saturday at 3:00 PM for a free lecture, “Discover Sweden: 200 Years of Historic Architecture.” This is the first historic architecture talk that The Landmark Society of Western New York has ever presented in Sweden and is part of the celebrations for the Town’s Bicentennial.

>>Click here for more details.

Olmsted Bridges Named to “Seven to Save”

The Preservation League of New York State has named the three Olmsted pedestrian bridges in Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park to its list of the Empire State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save.

Photo courtesy Dan Dangler

Photo courtesy Dan Dangler

These handsome concrete bridges were built in 1916 and 1919 and designed by the influential Olmsted Brothers firm. They link regional and statewide trails including the Erie Canalway and are functional and historic assets. Limited funding, deferred maintenance, and uncertainty about rehabilitation responsibilities have put these bridges at risk.

“Since 1999, Seven to Save has mobilized community leaders and decision-makers to take action when historic resources are threatened,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “A Seven to Save designation from the League delivers invaluable technical assistance, fosters increased media coverage and public awareness, and opens the door to grant assistance for endangered properties.”

In late 2011, the New York State Department of Transportation (Region Four) released a Conditions Assessment and Concept Study for the three bridges which identified structural deficiencies, erosion issues, and other concerns. Even without a study, the deterioration of concrete surfaces and details are obvious. The report identified five treatment alternatives, three of which call for replacement.

With this announcement, the League hopes to launch a collaborative effort with local stakeholders such as the City of Rochester, Monroe County, the NYS Department of Transportation and The Landmark Society of Western New York, to devise a plan for stewardship of these bridges.

“Through the Seven to Save program, we provide targeted support to seven of New York’s most important and endangered historic resources,” said Tania Werbizky, the Preservation League’s regional director for technical and grant programs for the Southern Tier and Western New York. “Whether sites are threatened by insensitive, ineffective or insufficient public policies, general neglect, or, in some cases, outright demolition, we have a proven record of working with community advocates to save a number of significant properties.”

Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe

Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe

“These Erie Canal pedestrian bridges, designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers firm, are a unique community asset and a highly visible feature in one of our most important historic landscapes, Genesee Valley Park,” said Wayne Goodman, Executive Director, Landmark Society of Western New York. “They are part of The Landmark Society Five to Revive List and now inclusion on the Preservation League’s Seven to Save list will increase awareness of these resources across the state as we partner with other stakeholders on funding opportunities to assist in the repair and maintenance of the structures.”

“The Olmsted Bridges are unique to the Canal System, adding to the beauty and heritage that visitors and residents of the Erie Canalway value,” said Bob Radliff, Acting Director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. “We applaud the Preservation League of New York State, the Landmark Society of Western New York, and the citizens of greater Rochester who are working to save these treasured landmarks.”

“Arching so gracefully over the Erie Canal, these bridges are a key component of the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail and the 90-mile Genesee Valley Greenway Trail as well as a defining feature of the Olmsted landscape in Genesee Valley Park,” said Robin Dropkin, Executive Director, Parks & Trails New York. “We commend the Preservation League of New York State and the Landmark Society of Western New York for bringing attention to the critical need for rehabilitation of these threatened historic structures and look forward to the start of a collaborative effort to ensure their long-term preservation.”

Since 1999, publicity and advocacy resulting from Seven to Save designation has led to the rehabilitation and reopening of the Oswego City Public Library, the rebirth of Montauk Manor on Long Island, and the rededication of the once-abandoned George Harvey Justice Building in Binghamton along with successes at several other locations.

The Preservation League of New York State is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1974. The League invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of New York’s historic buildings and landscapes. It leads advocacy, economic development, and education programs all across the state.

 >>Check out photos by Richard Margolis from the press conference here

RIT Student Project Highlights Five to Revive

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Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe

When Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) students, Jenny McCabe and Mariah Lamb, contacted The Landmark Society regarding a collaborative project featuring one of our Five to Revive selections for 2013, we jumped at the chance. Jenny and Mariah wanted to do a feature on the pedestrian bridges that span the Erie Canal in Genesee Valley Park. The bridges not only provide transportation to walkers, runners, bikers using Rochester’s extensive trail system but they’re also significant as a design element in the park.

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Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe

The park itself was designed by noted landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, while the bridges were designed by his successors in the Olmsted firm when the Canal was re-routed through the Park.

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Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe

We thought Jenny and Mariah’s project would be a great opportunity to highlight the beauty of the bridges to a new audience. Here, in their own words, is a bit more about the project:

This project was for a class at RIT called Editorial Design and Photography. In this class photographers and graphic designers team up to create an editorial article. We do this three times with different partners and different topics with the end result of a magazine called Positive/Negative. The topics are completely open to the students with one guideline: it has to have either a positive or a negative spin. We write the article, photograph the story, and design the layout. For our project, Mariah Lamb (designer) and I (Jenny McCabe/ photographer) knew we wanted to focus on something local. We knew The Landmark Society would make for a great story and wanted to showcase the positive things they do for Rochester. I was attracted to photograph the pedestrian bridge in Genesee Valley Park because of its wonderful shape and the purpose it serves to the Rochester community. We very much enjoyed working on this project in collaboration with The Landmark Society.

And here is the final product that Jenny and Mariah produced: We so enjoyed working with them and love how they have showcased the bridges! Congratulations on a beautiful final project!

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Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe