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Allyn’s Creek Garden Club Pollinator Garden at Stone-Tolan

The Landmark Society is fortunate to have a beautiful new garden full of native plants on the Stone-Tolan grounds designed to attract many kinds of pollinators. The Allyn’s Creek Garden Club voted this spring to donate the garden in response to an initiative by the National Pollinator Garden Network, a group of established conservation and horticulture organizations, and the Garden Clubs of America. NPGN launched the “Million Pollinator Garden Challenge” to urge gardeners across the country to create spaces that would be havens for insects, birds and other pollinators.

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On June 6, 2016 a small group of ACGC members led by Susan Murray brought the plants they had chosen from their own gardens and from Amandas Native Plant Nursery and settled them in their new home in front of the Stone-Tolan barn. They added mulch soon after that and for the rest of the summer they carefully monitored, watered and weeded their fledgling garden.

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What a blooming success! By late August after some of the earlier-blooming plants had flowered, the garden was full and lush with later-flowering plants visited by hundreds of…pollinators!  Next season there will be a succession of blooms beginning with early spring throughout the summer and fall for visitors of all kinds including humans.

Thank you Allyn’s Creek Garden Club for your generosity throughout the year and your great new addition to the Stone-Tolan grounds!

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Inside Downtown Tour Visits St. Paul Quarter

Tickets now on sale!

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This year The Landmark Society’s Fall Inside Downtown Tour will focus on Rochester’s former garment district, the St. Paul Quarter. A few spectacular stops outside of the traditional Quarter boundaries, within walking distance, will also be included on the tour. The tour will take place Friday, September 30 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM and Saturday, October 1, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

In the early 1800s, St. Paul Street was lined with single-family homes. By the late 19th century it was an industrial neighborhood, with factory buildings and offices for garment and shoe manufacturers, as well as other trades. The garment industry was one of the biggest employers in Rochester, and by the 1890s we were the fourth largest manufacturer of men’s clothing in the country.

Wide arched windows to admit natural light onto the factory floor now provide residents unparalleled views day and night.

Wide arched windows to admit natural light onto the factory floor now provide residents unparalleled views day and night.

Today, the features constructed for practical factory needs are appreciated in a whole new way. Wide arched windows to admit natural light onto the factory floor now provide residents unparalleled views day and night. Interior cast iron support columns give unique architectural accents to apartments. Brick walls left unpainted in the work rooms are now valued for their rich patina in the living rooms. You’ll have the chance to judge for yourself, as generous tenants open their doors to you.

More information on tour sites can be found on the Inside Downtown Tour webpage. And you can view even more in this year’s tour guide, which will be available as an insert in City Newspaper and at tour headquarters.

Check out the great kitchen spaces in some of the stops on this year's Inside Downtown Tour.

Check out the great kitchen spaces in some of the stops on this year’s Inside Downtown Tour.

TOUR & TICKET DETAILS
Your tour ticket will be good both Friday evening and Saturday during the day. You may visit each tour stop one time, in any order that you desire.

Inside Downtown Tour Tickets are available online at www.landmarksociety.org and will be at Parkleigh by September 10th.

Advance tickets (must be purchased by Thursday, Sept. 29):

  • $20 for Landmark members (purchased directly through The Landmark Society only)
  • $26 for non-members (purchased through Landmark or at Parkleigh)
  • See Tour webpage for special new member promotion.
  • Tickets may be purchased at The Landmark Society online or by phone at (585)546-7029 x11.

If available, tickets can be purchased at Tour Headquarters on Friday (after 5 PM) and Saturday (after 10:30 AM) for $30.

Inside DowntownTour Headquarters:
Salem United Church of Christ at 60 Bittner Street. A tour stop in its own right, this 1874 Romanesque Revival church has a magnificent sanctuary, with exceptional stained glass, decorative plaster and more.

Tour Parking: Available on street, in parking garage adjacent to the Sibley’s complex, and in the Cook Iron Store lot on Andrews near St. Paul.

Identifying Rochester LGBTQ Landmarks

In conjunction with Gay Pride month, The Landmark Society of Western New York announces its newest initiative — a Rochester LGBTQ Landmarks Survey created to identify landmarks of significance in the history of Rochester’s LGBTQ community and recognize their importance both historically and culturally.

“With the recent National Historic Landmark designation by President Barack Obama of the Stonewall National Monument, the first Gay Rights Monument in the country, and the recent mass shooting at an Orlando Gay Bar, it is particularly significant that The Landmark Society is creating this initiative in Rochester,” said Larry Francer, Landmark Society Associate Director.

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According to Francer some places of importance to the local LGBTQ community were likely established in secrecy and could fade into anonymity unless their history is documented. Other sites have changed owners so many times that their importance may be overlooked. The initial part of this project recruited a volunteer advisory committee and identified potential sites. Moving forward, the effort will be led by The Landmark Society staff and the advisory committee with guidance and support of volunteers from the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Front Street, May, 1963. Before urban renewal, Front St. was home to many gay-friendly establishments. PHOTO COURTESY: Democrat & Chronicle.

Front Street, May, 1963. Before urban renewal, Front St. was home to many gay-friendly establishments. PHOTO COURTESY: Democrat & Chronicle.

The first phase of this project was funded in part by the LGBT Giving Circle through the Rochester Area Community Foundation with partners including the City of Rochester, the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley, ImageOut, Out & Equal New York Finger Lakes, Trillium Health, and WXXI.

The purpose of the LGBT Giving Circle is to bridge diversity and cultivate community. “The Landmark Society believes that this groundbreaking initiative will offer a unique opportunity to educate the entire Rochester community about the history of the local LGBT movement and create a sense of pride about the place that our City occupies nationally in the fight for gay rights,” said Francer. “Just as Rochester is celebrated for the instrumental role that it has played in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, so should it be recognized for its contributions to LGBTQ equality.”

This linkage can be made through the lens of history and framed educationally by The Landmark Society which is recognized for its preservation-based mission. The organization successfully completed a similar project recently by chronicling local African-American landmarks with positive results within the community.

The opening of a new community center by The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in June 1990. Provided by the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley

The opening of a new community center by The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in June 1990.
Provided by the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley

All those interested in being a part of the initiative are welcome to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 5:30-7:00pm, Landmark Society Headquarters, 133 South Fitzhugh Street, Rochester. For more information contact Larry Francer.

Local news coverage:

Searching for LGBTQ Landmarks, Democrat & Chronicle, August 10, 2016

Preserving Gay Rochester, CITY Newspaper, August 10, 2016

Connections with Evan Dawson, WXXI, Exploring Rochester LGBTQ Landmarks

LGBT Landmarks Survey, News 8 

LGBTQ Landmarks Initiative Partners:

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Chamber Music Series at Landmark Society Sites this Week

 

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Summer is the perfect time for outdoor concerts in Rochester. This week Sunset Concerts, downtown Rochester’s summer chamber music series, is partnering with The Landmark Society to present classical chamber music concerts in three of Rochester’s beloved landmarks.

St. Joseph’s Park, 108 Franklin Street, is the setting for the first concert on Wednesday, July 13. (Rain date: July 18.) Please bring your own chairs.

The Ellwanger Garden, 625 Mt. Hope Avenue, is the venue for the second concert on Friday, July 15. (Rain date: July 16.) Please bring blankets for lawn seating. Follow signs for adjacent parking area.

The final concert will be held at the Stone-Tolan House Historic Site, 2370 East Avenue, Brighton, on Sunday, July 17, rain or shine. (Concert will be held in the barn if it rains.) Please bring blankets or camp chairs. Some bench seating will be supplied.

All concerts begin at 7 PM. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit the Sunset Concerts Facebook page.

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Preservation Grant Fund Deadline: August 1

Naples Memorial Town Hall.

Naples Memorial Town Hall.

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.

Huron Grange in Huron

Huron Grange in Huron

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
Gates Hall in Pultneyville.

Gates Hall in Pultneyville.

Recent grant recipients have included: First Presbyterian Church in Holley; Gates Hall in Pultneyville; Huron Grange in Huron; and Naples Memorial Town Hall.

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

First Presbyterian Church in Holley.

First Presbyterian Church in Holley.

Contact Caitlin Meives to discuss your project and obtain an application. Applications will be due Monday, August 1, 2016.

For more information, visit the Preservation Grant Fund page.

Historic Lyons properties to be auctioned

Two historic buildings in the former village of Lyons are set to be auctioned by Wayne County on Thursday, July 7th. The public auction will take place at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the Wayne County Courthouse in Lyons. [NOTE: an earlier version of this post and the Landmark Alerts e-newsletter listed the auction date as June 20th. It has since been changed to July 7th].

The buildings will be auctioned as separate parcels. They are located on either side of the County Courthouse, facing the village square. The County owns both buildings and no longer has any use for them. If the buildings are not sold at auction, the County may demolish them.

Up for auction is a historic commercial building, at one time home to the Park Bakery, at 24 Church St. The minimum bid for this property is $7500.

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Also up for auction is 30 Church St., the historic Arsenau House. The minimum bid for this property is $10,000.ArsenauHouse_1

The sale of the buildings is subject to a number of terms and conditions, which can be viewed here, in an excerpt from the County Finance Committee agenda of June 14, 2016. Inquiries regarding these properties or the auction should be directed to Wayne County.

Note: To request a report on the condition of both properties, along with photographs, potential bidders can email: elainesinniger@gmail.com.

 

Cuba Redux: Architectural Heritage Tour of Cuba Scheduled for Spring 2017

The Landmark Society is returning to Cuba in April 2017. Come with us to experience the Cuba of today and interact directly with Cuban experts to discover what challenges and opportunities they anticipate as economic opportunities expand.

Checking out the architecture in Old Havana.

Checking out the architecture in Old Havana.

The eight-day/seven-night trip (April 20-27, 2017) will give you a tour experience like no other Cuban itinerary. Our guides and hosts will be architects, urban planners and artists. We’ll explore the historic architecture of Havana as well as the colonial cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad and the coastal city of Varadero. You will also experience other aspects of Cuba’s art and culture, including everything from the Museum of Fine Arts to Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s home for over 20 years.

This trip is limited to 25 guests, and will be accompanied by our executive director Wayne Goodman and additional Landmark staff members. Cost for the tour is $5,395 for Landmark members; $5,795 for non-members. The single supplement is $900.

Enjoying another delicious meal in Cienfuegos.

Enjoying another delicious meal in Cienfuegos.

To download a detailed itinerary and registration registration form for the tour or view photos from this year’s tour, visit the Cuba 2017 page. You may also call us at (585) 546-7029 x 11 to hold a space on the tour with a credit card, but due to the nature of travel between the US and Cuba, all registration applications must be submitted in writing. Registration deadline is Monday, June 27.

More information on Cuba Redux – The Landmark Society Returns to Cuba

Lovely LeRoy Home

This house at 12-14 Church Street in LeRoy, NY has been home to four generations of the same family since 1901.

This house at 12-14 Church Street in LeRoy, NY has been home to four generations of the same family since 1901.

Take a look at this historic home in LeRoy, NY.  Built in 1887 for George H. Wells of the Shiloh Patent Medicine Company, this Queen Anne Shingle Style house was purchased by Scott W. Skinner, MD and his wife, Ellen Smith Skinner in 1901. Four generations of the Skinner family have enjoyed this home located at 12-14 Church Street and for several years it also served as medical offices for the owners, Scott W. Skinner, MD, his son Merton R. Skinner, MD, and Merton’s son, Scott. Approximately 5,782 square feet, with six bedrooms and 2.5 baths, it sits on a little over an acre of land in the village of LeRoy.

Entry hall and staircase of the house at 12-14 Church Street in LeRoy, NY.

Entry hall and staircase of the house at 12-14 Church Street in LeRoy, NY.

For more information on this property visit:

http://www.nothnagle.com/for-sale/12-Church-St-Leroy-Village-NY-14482/R301474 or

http://historicrealestate.preservationnation.org/viewlisting.php?id=2566

46th Annual House & Garden Tour Highlights the East Avenue and East Boulevard Area

The Landmark Society’s 46th Annual House & Garden Tour
June 4 & 5, 2016
10 AM – 4 PM
East Avenue & East Boulevard Area

UPDATE: Online ticket sales have ended. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at tour headquarters (Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue) on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 AM, until sold out.

Imagine yourself walking through these doorways. Photo: David Boyer

The Landmark Society’s House & Garden Tour returns to East Avenue this year with eight stops  – each with its own story to tell.  One stop is the Lyon Mansion, now the Rochester Academy of Medicine.  The remaining seven stops are private homes. Each place is diverse in size, architectural style, décor and age.  But the one thing you’ll find in common is that each is a testament to the dedication, vision and labor of love of the homeowners.  We’re fortunate that the owners are wonderful caretakers for these significant properties – and exceedingly grateful that they are opening their homes to the tour goers.

One house in particular is the perfect example.  The owners moved in last year, intending to invest about 6 months in restoration of the fine architectural details.  They have lived there for 16 months – and the restoration was just completed after 15 months of work.  We think you’ll find the results nothing short of spectacular.

Enclosed porch with built-in fountain. Photo: David Boyer.

All of the homeowners are rightly proud of their dedication – they love their homes and they love being in a city neighborhood.  Come and share the love, the first weekend in June. But – please note! Tickets for the tour are selling VERY quickly – you’ll want to order yours today and avoid the disappointment of a sellout.

If you’ve never participated in the June tour, you’ll want to know that you can go at your own pace. Your ticket booklet provides a map, descriptions of the houses, and a one time admission to each home. You may go in any order – you can even choose to visit some houses on Saturday and others on Sunday. Our tour headquarters will be at The Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue.

PreTour Talk

PreTour Talk on the history, architecture and past residents of the neighborhood will be Thursday, June 2nd at 7 pm at The Rochester Academy of Medicine. The talk is FREE to ticket holders – present your ticket at the talk, or pick up your pre-ordered ticket that evening. Tour tickets may also be purchased that evening (if not sold out) or you may attend the talk only for $5.

Downton Abbey – or Rochester? Photo: David Boyer

Tickets

Advance tour tickets may be purchased online until noon on Friday, June 3 or purchased in person at The Landmark Society or Parkleigh. All tickets pre-ordered as of May 26 must be picked up at The Landmark Society or Tour Headquarters. See details below.

  • Online: www.landmarksociety.org until 12 noon on Friday (6/3)
  • By phone: (585) 546-7029 x11
  • At the PreTour Talk: Thursday (6/2) at The Rochester Academy of Medicine (1441 East Avenue).
  • At Parkleigh: 215 Park Avenue (corner of Park Avenue & Goodman Street), until sold out. Non-member rate ONLY.
  • At Tour Headquarters during the Tour: Saturday (6/4) and Sunday (6/5) at The Rochester Academy of Medicine (1441 East Avenue). Ticket sales open at 9:30 AM both days, until sold out. All tickets during the Tour weekend are $33.

Ticket Pricing

  • $20 – Landmark Society members (only available directly from The Landmark Society either online at http://www.landmarksociety.org, by calling 585-546-7029 x11, or at the PreTour Talk)
  • $28 – Non-members (may be purchased from The Landmark Society online or by phone, or at Parkleigh, corner of Park Avenue and Goodman Street).
  • $33 – For all at Tour Headquarters the days of the tour (until sold out).

Pre-ordered tickets can be picked up at The Landmark Society (133 S. Fitzhugh Street) until Thursday, June 2 or at Tour Headquarters (1441 East Avenue) at the PreTour talk on June 2 or on the days of the tour.

Magnificent craftsmanship in the curved wall, window sash and hand-painted mural. Photo: David Boyer.

Tour Details

Tour Headquarters the days of the tour and PreTour Talk location: 1441 East Avenue, The Rochester Academy of Medicine. Free parking in their lot or on the street.

The Tour is open from 10 AM to 4 PM, Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, and is self-guided, with hosts at each property. The ticket admits you to each property one time. They may be visited either day in any order, at your convenience.

UPDATE: Online ticket sales have ended. A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at tour headquarters (Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue) on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9:30 AM, until sold out.

Cuba: So Successful We’re Going Back

Landmark Society guests and staff traveled to Cuba for a week this past March. During our stay we experienced the architecture, history and warmth of the Cuban people. Things are changing quickly in this fascinating country, so we decided to plan a return tour for March 2017.

Touring the streets of Old Havana.

Touring the streets of Old Havana.

Time is of the essence. Cuba hotels are booking quickly a year in advance, as so many are interested in visiting this country on the cusp of dynamic changes.

Enjoying another fine meal and beautiful architecture in Cienfuegos.

Enjoying another fine meal and beautiful architecture in Cienfuegos.

Think you might like to join us? We have scheduled an information session to share more information about the upcoming trip for Thursday, May 12 at 7 PM at the Landmark Society offices, 133 S. Fitzhugh Street. Please call or email Carolyn Haygood at 585-546-7029, ext. 10  and let her know you’ll be coming to the info session or visit our Facebook event page. 

Landmark Society tour goers and Ramses, their Cuban vintage car driver, head out for a short driving tour before leaving Havana to return home.

Landmark Society tour goers and Ramses, their Cuban vintage car driver, head out for a short driving tour before leaving Havana to return home.

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