Help save Parrott Hall

UPDATE: A new press conference has been scheduled for Thursday, 6/14 at 2:00 PM on the sidewalk outside of Parrot Hall. 

On Thursday, 6/14 at 2:00 PM, The Landmark Society of Western New York, the Preservation League of New York State, and key government officials are joining the Friends of Parrott Hall to host a press conference to announce the results of an engineering study on the building and to ask the State to delay demolition until alternatives have been meaningfully explored. Join us and show your support!

Parrott Hall was the first building in the city of Geneva listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1975 ownership was transferred to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) for the express purpose of creating a State Historic Site. The state is now planning to demolish the building but we believe there are other options to pursue and that the State should explore alternatives.

You can help!

Join us at the press conference

When: this Thursday, 6/14 at 2:00 PM

Location: In front of Parrott Hall (on the campus of Cornell’s Experiment Station, on W. North Street, immediately west of Hedrick Hall in Geneva, NY)

Parking: Free on-street parking is available a short walk away on nearby Castle St. (Click here for an illustration)

Call the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation to voice your concern.

Commissioner Rose Harvey
NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Albany, NY 12238

If you live in the area, contact your State elected officials.

Sen. Pamela Helming
Legislative Office Building Room 946
Albany,  NY 12247
local phone for office at 425 Exchange Street – 315-568-9816

Volunteer with or donate to Friends of Parrott Hall

Visit the Friends website for details.

Help spread the word!

Post pictures of Parrott Hall using #ThisPlaceMatters. Be sure to tag @LandmarkSociety @preserveNYS @SavingPlaces and @NYstateparks.

You can really get into the campaign by downloading This Place Matters signage from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Want to learn more about historic Parrott Hall? Visit the Friends of Parrott Hall website.


Seeking Nominations for Preservation Awards

American Hall Building, 59 Market Street, Attica, NY – recipient of 2017 Award of Merit

What do a former dental dispensary, a beach bathhouse, two family estates in Geneseo, a lumber company, and a carpenter-contractor have in common?…

All were recipients of Preservation Awards from the Landmark Society of Western New York in 2017!

Each year, in the fall, the Landmark Society presents several awards to projects, people and organizations who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to promote historic preservation in our nine-county area. With the start of a new year, the Landmark Society’s Awards Committee is seeking recommendations for its 2018 Preservation Awards. Award suggestions are welcome from Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

Click HERE for a list of the award categories, along with descriptions and criteria for each award. If you know anyone deserving of any of these awards, please email your suggestions to Cynthia Howk at chowk@landmarksociety.org by Tuesday, May 1, 2018. The Awards Committee will begin reviewing submissions at its May meeting.

Ted Robertson / Kirkwall Construction, carpenter-contractor – recipient of 2017 Craftsman Award

If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia by email or phone, 585-546-7029, ext. 24.

State Historic Tax Credits at risk

ADVOCACY ALERT – We need your help!

As many of our members and followers may know, New York State is lucky enough to have two excellent state historic tax credit programs: the NYS Historic Tax Credit Program for Income Producing Properties (or the NYS Commercial Tax Credit), and the NYS Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit. The NYS commercial program works alongside the Federal Historic Tax Credit program and has been a critical element in the ongoing revitalization and economic development in downtown Rochester, city neighborhoods, and other smaller communities throughout our region. Many of the adaptive reuse projects we’ve seen across our region simply would not have been possibly without these programs – projects like Sibley Square, Eastman Dental Dispensary, Hilton Garden Inn, Carriage Factory Apartments, and many more.

The NYS Homeowner program provides tax credits to owner-occupied homes in historic districts and individually listed National Register properties. This program has helped homeowners in neighborhoods like Maplewood, the 19th Ward, Browncroft, the South Wedge, and more make improvements and repairs to their homes. (Visit the State Historic Preservation Office’s website to learn more about these programs).

Unfortunately, the NYS tax credit programs were not included in the Governor’s Executive Budget released on January 16th. This means the existence of these programs is at risk. But it’s not too late for your voice to make a difference. We need your help to communicate the economic value of the historic tax credit programs to NYS elected officials NOW.

Please contact your State representatives in the NYS Assembly and Senate as soon as possible to let them know that the State Historic Commercial and Homeowners Tax Credit programs are important to you. Ask them to advocate for them in the budget process.

The Landmark Society (and our statewide partners at the Preservation League of NYS) are focusing on two major requests: (1) extending the credits through 2024 and (2) de-coupling the state commercial credit from the federal historic tax credit.

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner and Senator David J. Valesky have introduced legislation to accomplish these goals (A.9882 / S.7648). Please write or call your NYS Assemblymember and Senator right away to ask them to include this legislation in ongoing budget negotiations.

Not sure who your NYS Senator is? Click here.

Not sure who your NYS Assembly representative is? Click here.

Not sure what to write? Feel free to use our template below as a starting point:

Dear __________:

I write to you to ask for your support of the NYS Historic Commercial and Historic Homeowners Tax Credit programs. As you may know, neither program was included in Governor Cuomo’s budget. As a citizen who lives in a community that has benefited greatly from these programs and stands to be harmed by their loss, I urge you to advocate for their inclusion in the 2018 budget.

The state and federal historic tax credit programs have been essential tools in economic development efforts throughout western New York. Without these programs, the ongoing revitalization of downtown Rochester and smaller rural communities in our region would be weakened and many more historic buildings would sit vacant, not contributing to local tax rolls.

The passage of the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which requires that the credit be spread over 5 years, has negatively impacted the market for historic tax credits and has jeopardized investor confidence in tax credit projects. Because the NYS Historic Commercial Tax Credit is linked to the federal, the changes in the federal program have also weakened the value of the state program. 

In light of this new situation, I ask for your support in securing two key provisions to save NYS Historic Tax Credits:

(1) Extend Historic Tax Credits through December 31, 2024. The extension of the NYS Historic Commercial Properties Tax Credit and NYS Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit will ensure that projects currently in the pipeline for investment and rehabilitation continue to move forward, with investor and developer confidence that the program will remain in place.

(2) Decouple the NYS Historic Tax Credit from the Federal Historic Tax Credit. Decoupling will ensure that the NYS credits may be taken all at once rather than over 5 years as the Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 requires. Current estimates place the impact of this change at a 15% credit value reduction. If the credits are not decoupled, then the NYS Historic Tax Credit would likely see a similar reduction in value.

Assemblymember Carrie Woerner and Senator David J. Valesky have introduced legislation to accomplish these goals (A.9882 / S.7648). I’m asking you to support and include the language from these measures in Joint Legislative Budget Bills which will be drafted in March.

In light of this new situation, [insert company or individual name] respectfully requests that you advocate for the following critical changes to the NYS Historic Tax Credit programs during budget discussions:

Thank you for your support on this important issue.


[insert name]

Best of 2017: 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 2017 with our Top 13 (we couldn’t limit ourselves to just 10!) preservation successes.

Thank you to everyone who supports our work; together we can make a difference in communities across WNY. You can continue to support successes in your community by donating to our 80th Anniversary Campaign.

Here’s to many more successes in 2018!

1.The Landmark Society celebrates 80 years

Founded July 1937, The Landmark Society has been celebrating its 80th Anniversary year with a number of special events, beginning with our first-ever Gala attended by over two hundred in September, and continuing through the coming year with a night of performing arts in February, an al fresco dinner at our downtown St. Joseph’s Park in July, an art exhibition in September, and travel tours to Savannah, Georgia and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – watch for more updates. We also launched our 80th Anniversary Capital Campaign to provide the grounding for our continued work on behalf of preservation across our region in the many years we have ahead; please consider joining us in in this work with a gift to the campaign.

2. Rochester’s only cobblestone seeing new life

Vacant for over a decade and listed on our 2015 Five to Revive list, the c. 1835 Lockwood-Alhart House on Culver Rd. – the city of Rochester’s only surviving cobblestone – is finally seeing new life: ground was broken for a micro-park on the property in August with funding from NeighborWorks Rochester, and the Triangle Neighborhood held a “Cobbleween” event for neighborhood families on the premises on Halloween night. Moreover, developer interest in the structure, and our funding of studies for the property through our Preservation Grant Fund, means there might be more good news on this unique community resource soon!

3. Landmark Society recognized by the Rochester Community Design Center

The Landmark Society was honored to receive honorable mention for the Joni Monroe Award at the Rochester Community Design Center’s 2017 Reshaping Rochester Awards ceremony in November “for its longstanding commitment to preservation in the community”. We admire the tireless work RCDC and its founding Executive Director Joni Monroe have done to ensure that the Greater Rochester region’s people and communities have a built environment befitting their potential and aspirations, so it is humbling to receive this recognition.

4. South Wedge’s Calvary – St. Andrew’s Church granted City Landmark status and repurposed as event / art space

When the Calvary – St. Andrews congregation dissolved earlier this year, the future of the unique late 19th-century church building they left behind, and the vitality of the surrounding residential South Wedge neighborhood, was in question, but thanks to the enterprising work of the Friends of Calvary – St. Andrews organization, the sublime property was protected as a City Landmark by the Rochester Preservation Board in the fall, and will continue to be enjoyed by the community as it is repurposed as an event and performing arts space.

5.Colgate Rochester campus receive City Landmark designation

The Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus (including its historic buildings and designed landscape) became an official designated City of Rochester Landmark in September. This means that as the property transitions to new owners, neighbors and the larger Rochester community can be assured that any new development will be sensitively incorporated into the historic campus, with review by the City’s Preservation Board. The features that give the campus its economic value will be preserved so that it can continue to be a part of the community long into the future.

The Landmark Society, along with a coalition of organizations that included Highland Park Neighborhood Association and NBN6, worked with the owners at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, to amend the landmark application and determine appropriate boundaries.

6. Water Flows, and People Follow, in Manhattan Square Park

Flowing water is a recurring theme and major attraction in prominent landscape architect Laurence Halprin’s work – including in his FDR Memorial in Washington and his Freeway Park in Seattle – but the fountain he designed for Rochester’s Manhattan Square (now renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Park) was dry for several decades…until the City of Rochester turned the water back on this summer after significant renovations! Cascading water has brought life and attracted people back to what had been a little-used and oft-maligned corner of the downtown landscape, pushing it closer to being the community focal point Halprin had hoped and intended it to be. Click here to read more. 

7. YUPs host Rust Belt Takeover

In July, The Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists hosted a Rochester meetup of the Rust Belt Coalition of Young Preservationists. Nearly 70 preservationists came from Rust Belt cities (and beyond) to explore the Flower City’s history, preservation successes, and challenges. Visitors toured Mt. Hope Cemetery, High Falls, Wall\Therapy murals, the Public Market, and sampled local fare from adaptive reuse projects like Radio Social, the Swillburger/Playhouse, and of course, Nick Tahou’s.

8. CAMP takes ownership of Civil War Memorial building

The preservation and reuse of the Cattaraugus County Memorial & Historical Building, one of our 2015 Five to Revive, took a big leap forward this month when local preservation advocates from Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP) took ownership of the building from the County. For the past three years, the County had had plans to demolish the building. CAMPers still have a long way to go to develop plans and raise funds to rehab the building but we’re incredibly proud of their efforts so far and we’ll be working with them to secure this important building’s future.

9. Landmark Society hosts summer youth program

The Landmark Society was the home for a youth employment program this past summer. Put a Face to the Place: Afro Rochester was a research based project to study local history through the lens of the built environment and biography, and produce a video documentary. It was funded by the Summer Youth Employment Program at RochesterWorks, Inc who partnered with Landmark Society and Kuumba Consultants. The program offers youth a summer job, but also provides training in employment and life skills, to further their future success.

The final project was a video documentary of faces and places chosen reflecting local Afro Rochester: Put a Face to the Place: Afro Rochester a video to teach about the remarkable people and place of our city. Click here to see the video and meet the youth.

10. Conference returns to Rochester

2017 saw yet another year of record-breaking attendance at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference with nearly 370 attendees from around the state. The Conference took place on E Main St. in downtown Rochester, showcasing the ongoing successes in the heart of downtown. We were honored to welcome Amy Nicole Swift, principal and owner of Building Hugger in Detroit, to Rochester as our Keynote Speaker. Amy spoke about the importance of expanding training and employment opportunities for women and young people in the traditional trades.

After a full day of conversation and learning at a wide range of breakout sessions and networking with fellow colleagues and community advocates, attendees were able to wind down at a special Preservation Partners Party at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. 

11. Main St. facade revealed

After decades of being covered up by a two-story billboard, the historic facade of the building at the corner of Main and Clinton Streets in downtown Rochester was finally unveiled this fall! Property owners are in the process of planning a major rehab for this building–just one more step forward in the revitalization of this 2015 block of Five to Revive buildings!



12. Tavern Takeover at Stone-Tolan

The YUPs and Emerging Rochester Architects (ERA) hosted the first ever Tavern Takeover at the Landmark Society’s Stone-Tolan House Historic Site. Sponsored by architecture firm, Clark Patterson Lee, the event featured a campfire with s’mores, outdoor snacks, free-roaming of the grounds and, most importantly, beer from Swiftwater Brewing in the historic tavern! We had over 80 attendees (of all ages) join us to stroll the grounds and experience the Stone-Tolan House as 19th century frontier travelers would have.

13. Federal historic tax credits saved!

After much advocacy, the Tax Reform Bill retained the federal historic tax credit program, which has made possible many of the rehabs that are catalyzing positive economic and civic change in the western New York, particularly in downtown Rochester, and across the Rust Belt.

Released Friday, December 15, this version retained the Senate’s modification of the HTC, which mandates that users must take the credit over five years, instead of in the first year the building is placed in service. Although this will diminish the credit’s value, it’s a big win for preservation, as the House version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the credit completely.


Of course, none of these successes would be possible without the support of our members, donors, sponsors, tour-goers, and the community at large. So THANK YOU for supporting our work to protect irreplaceable historic places and revitalize communities.

You can continue to support our work across the region by making a contribution to our 80th Anniversary Campaign.


ROC the Day on 11/28

On November 28th, our community will come together to ROC the Day, and The Landmark Society hopes to make it a huge success. ROC the Day is a 24-hour giving opportunity to support all eligible not-for-profits in the nine-county Greater Rochester area. Community members are encouraged to visit ROCtheDay.org, a secure online giving platform, to contribute to any participating not-for-profit organization. All money given during ROC the Day stays local. Donors have the ability make an impact by giving to one or multiple organizations to support their personal philanthropic passions. Donors and not-for-profits can share their investment with friends, family, coworkers and social networks to increase awareness for this community-wide effort.

As in past years, all ROC the Day donations will be directed to our Preservation Grant Fund. This vital program provides pre-construction funding to help get preservation projects off the ground. Since we launched the program in 2012, we’ve provided over $60,000 to help save at-risk historic places in communities throughout our region. These places include town halls, houses of worship, community gathering spaces, cemeteries, schools, and more.

One of our past grant recipients and subsequent Five to Revive properties was the Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building in Little Valley, NY. Built in 1911, the Memorial Building is a unique example of a Civil War Memorial that was designed for use as a municipal building. An elegant Neoclassical style building, it once housed a library and, until 2004, the County Historical Museum. In 2013, county officials announced plans for its demolition.

We worked with a newly formed advocacy group, Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP), to rally around this important building. A grant from our program helped fund a feasibility study and set the stage for CAMP to negotiate a transfer of ownership from the County.

Tom Stetz, president of CAMP, writes:

Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP) was awarded a grant from the Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund which allowed CAMP to save the Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building from the wrecking ball.  This grant along with the continued support from the Landmark Society allowed CAMP to gain title to this Civil War Memorial building on October 4, 2017 and will now help CAMP move forward with its preservation and restoration efforts to “ RELIGHT THE DOME OF COURAGE” to honor the County’s Civil War Veterans.

After years of hard work and dedicated passion, we are delighted to see that the Preservation Grant Fund helped lead CAMP towards a positive outcome for this building. Your donation to the Preservation Grant Fund during ROC the Day on November 28th can help ensure more success stories for historic places that matter to people in communities large and small across our region.

2017 Preservation Awards

And, the envelope, please…!  It’s again time for The Landmark Society’s Annual Preservation Awards, 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. 

The ceremony will be held Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Rochester’s historic City Hall, itself an award-winning example of adaptive reuse.   

We are proud to announce the following winners of the 2017 Preservation Awards:

Barber Conable Award

  • Eastman Gardens                                                                                                             800 East Main Street, City of Rochester, Monroe County

Award of Merit

  • Bevier Memorial Building                                                                                                   42 South Washington Street, City of Rochester, Monroe County
  • Bath House – Hamlin Beach State Park                                                                       Lake Ontario State Parkway, Town of Hamlin, Monroe County
  • Palmyra Community Library                                                                                            402 East Main Street, Village of Palmyra, Wayne County
  • American Hall Building and former Citizens Bank                                                         59 Market Street and 8 Main Street, Village of Attica, Wyoming County
  • Statue of Liberty replica                                                                                               Oatka Creek Park, Village of LeRoy, Genesee County

Historic Landscape Award

  • The Wadsworth Family: The Homestead and Hartford House properties     Main Street, Village of Geneseo, Livingston County

Historic Home Award

  • 1316 East Avenue                                                                                                 Rochester, New York – Owners:  Lewis & Kathy Parker

Paul Malo Award for Community Preservation Advocacy

  • Lynne J. Belluscio                                                                                                     Director, LeRoy Historical Society
  • Trude Brown Fitelson                                                                                   Thousand Island Park, Jefferson County

Special Citation

  • William B. Morse Lumber Company                                                                               340 West Main Street, Rochester, New York

Craftsman Award

South Wedge’s Calvary St. Andrews Church One of Rochester’s Newest City Landmarks

Written by Marjorie Searl

Open the door of the brick building at the corner of Averill Avenue and Ashland Street in the South Wedge, and step into a “Masterpiece Theatre” village church.  St. Andrew’s was designed by Richard M. Upjohn for a Rochester, New York Episcopal congregation.  Completed in 1880, it is a virtually intact building with site-specific art and stained glass windows by artist George Haushalter.

In 1968, a merger with Calvary Presbyterian Church created a joint parish, Calvary St. Andrews, that led, ultimately, to a single affiliation with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. in 2001. Dwindling numbers forced the dissolution of the congregation, with the building and grounds continuing to be owned by the Presbytery.

At this point a small group of friends and neighbors of the Church, recognizing its historic and aesthetic significance, encouraged the Presbytery to support an application for local landmark designation. While the Church was already on the National and State Registers, only local designation would give it the protection it needed to retain its historic interior and exterior. In addition to their aesthetic significance, artistic commissions for the Church memorialized members of important local families, including the Sibleys, the Ellwangers, and the Andrewses, all dedicated parishioners.

The Church embodied important chapters of Rochester’s progressive religious and social history. Reverend Crapsey was an impassioned spokesman for social justice whose liberal rhetoric was seen as heresy by his superiors. Many of his ideas inspired the church community even after he resigned in 1906, and parish efforts to feed the hungry and to empower individuals continue today in programs like the Food Cupboard. Calvary St. Andrew’s was the spiritual home for people working for racial equality, women’s rights, rights of disabled, and gay rights. Its last minister, Reverend Judy Lee Hay, kept the doors open to all and represented the church in successful efforts to turn the South Wedge into one of Rochester’s most vibrant neighborhoods.

What are the next steps for the church? Friends of Calvary St. Andrews hope that the building will continue serve the community. The Food Cupboard will remain on site. FoCSA is hoping to sponsor programs – lectures, performances, exhibitions – and is exploring the possibility of having life cycle events at the church.  The Presbytery hopes for a continued presence at the church as a base for mission groups coming to do service projects.  The group has been hard at work preparing for an October 15 open house for the public to celebrate the recently awarded landmark status and give visitors an opportunity to tour one of the city’s treasures.

Call for Session Proposals

The 2018 NY Statewide Preservation Conference takes place in Albany (April 26-28)! We’ll be surrounded by grandiose government architecture, diverse city neighborhoods, historic parks, and amazing adaptive reuse projects. Experts, grassroots community advocates, and new voices in the preservation movement will come together in Albany to learn from one another.

This conference will be presented by The Landmark Society of Western New York, Historic Albany Foundation, The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

In order to make this conference a success, we need your preservation projects, ideas and initiatives. Share your success stories, challenges, and new ideas with preservationists and community advocates from across the state. Submit your session proposal by Friday, November 3rd (at 11:59 PM) in order to be considered. Proposals on a wide variety of topics are welcome and encouraged.

 >>Click here to see more detailed information and submit a conference proposal.

Upcoming City landmark designation hearing

On Wednesday, July 19, the City of Rochester’s Preservation Board and Planning Commission will hold a special hearing to consider the historic campus of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School for City landmark designation. The campus is officially eligible for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places; city landmark designation would recognize the significance of the site and help ensure that future development efforts will be in keeping with the historic architecture and landscape.

The Landmark Society, along with a coalition of organizations that includes Highland Park Neighborhood Association, Highland Park Conservancy, Community Design Center Rochester, and Historic Brighton, supports the landmark designation of this highly significant historic campus.

Here is why we support landmark designation:

The buildings and designed landscape of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School constitute a distinctive and unique resource in the Upstate and Western New York region. Its picturesque hilltop setting is a special space, not only aesthetically, but also because it embodies a religious and cultural heritage whose influence extends worldwide.

In recognition of its significance, the Divinity School campus and the surrounding community will be well-served by it obtaining landmark designation by the City of Rochester Preservation Board and Planning Commission.

Landmark designation does not prevent development but will ensure that:

  • the critical architectural, landscape, and cultural features that give the campus its significance are codified in the landmark designation paperwork;
  • any future development will be reviewed by architecture, real estate, landscape and planning professionals on the City of Rochester’s Preservation Board;
  • the design review process invites participation by the whole community;
  • the property owner and the neighborhood can continue to reap the economic benefits of a picturesque and intact historic campus;
  • future development of the site is consistent with the design, scale and purpose of the original campus as envisioned by architect James Gamble Rogers and landscape architect Alling de Forest.

How can you help?

Make your voice heard.

  1. We encourage you to join your neighbors and representatives of local cultural heritage organizations at City Hall on July 19 at 7:00pm to support the nomination of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus to the list of City of Rochester landmarks. Other landmarks include: George Eastman House; Ontario Beach Carousel; Rochester City Hall; and the Powers Building. Take this opportunity to show city officials that this beautiful site is of enormous value to citizens from around the region, who urge its protection for generations to come.
  2. Written comments can also be submitted in advance to Peter Siegrist and Jill Wiedrick, Senior Planners with the City of Rochester. In-person comments are the most powerful but advance comments before the hearing will help prime the pump.
  3. Feel free to use our talking points above and/or information from the cover letters below but we also encourage you to personalize your letters and comments.
  4. Whether you plan to speak or not, attend the hearing and wear green to show your support for the historic campus and buildings.

Additional Resources

See the full application and contact information on the City of Rochester’s website 

Cover letter to Preservation Board – Submitted with the application for landmark designation, this letter addresses the specific criteria (as stipulated in section 120-193 of the City Code) that the Preservation Board members must use to address applications for landmark designation.

Cover letter to Planning Commission – Submitted with the application for landmark designation, this letter addresses the much more broad criteria (as stipulated in section 120-193 of the City Code) that the Planning Commission members must use to address applications for landmark designation.

Preservation Grant Fund Deadline: August 4th

Applications are now available for our next round of funding. Launched in September 2012, The Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund program offers funds for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings. The program was initially funded through a bequest from Elizabeth (Libby) Stewart. Libby was a longtime Landmark Society staff member who was dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and historic structures.

The Preservation Grant Fund provides initial “start-up” funding to assist in saving historic resources. The grant will not pay for any “bricks and mortar” work. Only pre-construction services are eligible for funding. Specific use of funds is flexible. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • code compliance studies
  • construction estimates
  • visual project renderings
  • measured drawings
  • cost comparisons

Recent grant recipients have included: Jefferson Avenue 7th Day Adventist Church in Rochester; 6 Madison St. in Rochester; and the Old Town Hall in Orangeville.

The amount of each request may not exceed $3,500. It is anticipated that the average gift will be approximately $2,500.

Contact Caitlin Meives to discuss your project and obtain an application. Applications will be due Friday, August 4, 2017.

For more information, visit the Preservation Grant Fund page.

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