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!

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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.

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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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St. Joseph’s Park park now available for your special occasions!

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

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

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

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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.

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

Paul Malo Award for Community Preservation Advocacy

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.

Friends of the Three Bears, Inc.
Village of Ovid, Seneca County

Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

An organization known of its creative and highly motivated members, the “Friends of the Three Bears” was established in 2002 to spearhead efforts to maintain and preserve one of the most remarkable municipal complexes in the United States – the “Three Bears,” a trio of Greek Revival style buildings located in the village of Ovid, Seneca County.

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Photo Credit: Bero Architecture PLLC

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Listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, this unique complex of buildings was built between 1845 and 1859 and used as a county court house, county clerk’s office, Ovid Free Library, sheriff’s office, county health department, and G.A.R. veterans’ headquarters.

 

 

In recent years, however, these buildings have been mostly vacant or underutilized.  The formation of the “Friends” advocacy group created the necessary public support and visibility for the revitalization of these buildings.

 

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Chaired by retired executive Dan Motil, the “Friends” work includes creative partnerships with Seneca County, the Finger Lakes Wine Trail Initiative, the New York State Office of Historic Preservation, and the Preservation League of New York State.  The first phase of restoring this complex was completed last year with the rehabilitation of “Mama Bear,” the middle building, a project honored by The Landmark Society in 2012 with an “Award of Merit.”
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The “Friends” continue their exceptional efforts to insure the long-term viability of this unique complex of buildings, as they play a new role for tourism, promotion of local history, and economic redevelopment in the Finger Lakes.

Visit our Success Stories page for other 2013 winner previews and to see last year’s winners! We are looking forward to the Awards Ceremony tomorrow afternoon at 3PM and we hope to see you there to join us in honoring this year’s recipients!

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 

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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.

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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.

Special Achievement Award: Frank Grosso

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 Special Achievement Award recognizes accomplishments that have occurred over a lengthy period of time.

 Frank Grosso

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

A native of Long Island and graduate of Pratt Institute and Yale University, architect Frank Grosso has had a major role in changing the face of downtown and the Rochester community through his projects over the past five decades.  With engineer Richard Handler, the partnership of Handler-Grosso was involved with some of the most innovative preservation projects in our area, including the Lawyers’ Cooperative Publishing Company, the Rochester Free Academy, the National Casket Company/Court-Exchange Building, and St. Joseph’s Park.

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

His sensitivity to historic design when creating additions to existing buildings is evident in projects at the Memorial Art Gallery and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

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 The renovation of the Lawyer’s Cooperative Publishing complex and the Free Academy showed that rehabilitating historic buildings made sense both economically and philosophically.

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

His rehabilitation of the former Federal Building as Rochester’s new City Hall renewed a landmark building that has been viewed by thousands of appreciative citizens since its opening in 1978.

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Frank is an architect who brings a respect for the past to all of his projects, working with a sensitive and diplomatic approach that results in successful outcomes for each situation.

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A long-time trustee of The Landmark Society,  he provided critical leadership and design expertise for a variety of challenging projects over the years, most notably with the rehabilitation of the fire-damaged St. Joseph’s Catholic Church as a unique public park.

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Honored by the Rochester chapter of the American Institute of Architects with their  Medal of Distinction for his lifetime career, Frank Grosso has been a tireless advocate for this community’s historic resources for over five decades.

Visit our Success Stories page to see more previews of this year’s winners and check out winners from 2012!

Historic Home Award: 1209 East Avenue

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 Historic Home Award is given to owners of private residences for their continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally significant house over a minimum of seven years.

1209 East Avenue
City of Rochester, New York
Owners: Susumu & Mary Okubu

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Built in 1903, this handsome Georgian-style residence was originally the home of Walter Hubbell, George Eastman’s attorney and partner in the law firm that became Nixon, Peabody.  Located on the corner of Culver Road, the house was designed by noted Rochester architect, J. Foster Warner, who also designed the Eastman House, which this building resembles, though on a smaller scale.

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The Hubbell family lived here until 1958, after which the house was vacant for several years.  The present owners bought it around 1960.  For over five decades, they have maintained this large residence as their home, retaining all original details throughout the building.

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In addition to their own apartment, several additional apartments and a law office were sensitively laid out within the historic building, including one unit in the original billiards room on the third floor.

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The elegant main entrance boasts a unique, fan-shaped, glass-and-cast iron canopy, which was recently restored and returned to its prominent location.  This remarkable house is surrounded by extensive gardens, which create an urban oasis and further enhance this historic site.

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Photo Credit: Richard Margolis

Visit our Success Stories page to see more previews of this year’s winners and check out winners from 2012!

Historic Home Award: 40 Linden Street

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 Historic Home Award is given to owners of private residences for their continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally significant house over a minimum of seven years.

40 Linden Street
City of Rochester, New York
Owners:  Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Cooper

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This handsome, late-19th-century Queen Anne house was one of the homes constructed by the Ellwanger and Barry Realty Company in the Mt. Hope neighborhood, when their new residential development was established in the 1870s.   Built between 1875 and 1884, the house was the home of two generations of the Charles Houston family, who lived here from the early 1880s until the late 1940s.

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Subsequent owners, however, remodeled the exterior, covering the wood clapboards and decorative details with asbestos siding.  Original porch detailing was replaced with wrought iron railings and columns. The interior was divided into two apartments.  Through a careful and extensive rehabilitation, the Coopers removed those inappropriate changes and restored the original clapboard, porch, tower, and decorative woodwork.  New wood storm windows and storm doors were installed.

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This exceptional rehabilitation is further enhanced by a historic color scheme, which highlights the original architectural design of this distinctive residence.

Visit our Success Stories page to see more previews of this year’s winners and check out winners from 2012!

 

Historic Landscape Award: Barker-Knickerbocker Farm

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 Historic Landscape Award recognizes and encourages the preservation, restoration and stewardship of historically significant landscapes in our 9-county region.

Barker-Knickerbocker Farm
219-230 Mendon Center Road, town of Pittsford, Monroe County

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Located in the gently rolling countryside south of the village of Pittsford, the Barker-Knickerbocker farm has remained in the same family for over 150 years.  In 1860, William H. Barker purchased this picturesque property, which his descendants continue to cultivate in the 21st century.

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The farmstead complex features a remarkable collection of historic horse, dairy, and grain barns, a wood silo, a weigh station, smoke house, pond, and two distinctive residences.

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Today, the fifth generation of the Barker-Knickerbocker family continues to reside here.  The 100 acres that remain of the original, 140-acre farm are forever protected for agriculture as a result of the Town’s purchase of the property’s development rights in 1999.

Visit our Success Stories page to see more previews of this year’s winners and check out winners from 2012!