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2016 Preservation Awards – Barber Conable Award

It’s time again for the Landmark Society’s 2016 Annual Awards Ceremony. Join us on Sunday, November 13 at 3:00 p.m. at Rochester’s historic City Hall, a dramatic 1880s landmark built as the Federal Court House and Post Office that was rehabilitated and re-opened in 1978 as the new City Hall.

A highlight of the calendar year, the Awards are given to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area that have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, public buildings, historic properties, and landscapes.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be previewing the winners for each category. First up is the Barber Conable Award, which recognizes a large-scale rehabilitation of a historic building in our region completed within the past two years. This includes buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places and projects utilizing the Federal Investment Tax Credit Program.

2016 Barber Conable Award Recipient - Michelsen Apartments

2016 Barber Conable Award Recipient – Michelsen Apartments

This year’s Conable Award recognizes the “M+M” projectMichelsen Apartments, located at 182 Avenue D, and Mills III Apartments, located at 281 Mills Street, City of Rochester, Monroe County. M+M was completed by the Urban League Economic Development Corporation, with Edgemere Development Corporation as project contractor.

The former George G. Michelsen Furniture Factory, built in 1914, housed one of Rochester’s longest-running family businesses, dating from the 1860s to the late 1950s. Located adjacent to the El Camino Trail and Avenue D Community Center in northeast Rochester, the Michelsen business moved from a downtown location on Water Street to this location, with its proximity to the railroad, as part of the decentralization movement of that time.

2016 Barber Conable Award Recipient, Mills III Apartments

2016 Barber Conable Award Recipient, Mills III Apartments

A prominent landmark in the High Falls area, at the corner of Mill and Factory streets,  Mills III is the third and final phase of “The Mills at High Falls” project.  It dates from 1850-70 during that area’s build-up of flour mills. Tenants in this complex included woodworking, a foundry, tin shop and cornice works and, around 1920, the Rochester Marshmallow Company. Shortly afterwards, Rochester Plumbing Supply moved to this location, where it remained until several years ago.

Listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places, these two properties were rehabilitated using the Federal Investment Tax Credit program.  The $18.5 million rehabilitation of these former industrial properties created a total of 59 affordable, one- and two-bedroom apartments.  The Michelsen Apartments were designed by Glasgow Simmons Architecture LLP, with Jason Simmons as lead architect. Mills III was designed by Barkstrom and LaCroix, with Rich Lindner, lead architect.

2016 Five to Revive announced

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Today we announced our 2016 Five to Revive – a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization. The announcement was made at our headquarters on South Fitzhugh St. in Rochester. The list includes:

  • Former Rochester Brewing Company complex, Rochester, NY
  • Downtown Perry Block of Commercial Buildings, Village of Perry, Wyoming County
  • Dove Block, City of Geneva, Ontario County
  • Lake Ontario State Parkway, Monroe and Orleans Counties
  • The Traditional Trades

>>Click here to see the 2016 Five to Revive.

“This the fourth year that The Landmark Society of Western New York is announcing the Five to Revive list to call attention to key properties and priorities for revitalization in western New York,” said Wayne Goodman Executive Director.

“The Five to Revive initiative is proving to be very successful and continues to showcase our ongoing efforts demonstrating that preservation and adaptive reuse are effective strategies for revitalization in Western New York,” said Tom Castelein, Vice-President of Preservation on The Landmark Society Board who chairs the Five to Revive initiative.

The 2016 Five to Revive list represents a diverse selection of buildings, landscapes and preservation issues in Western New York.

Significant Progress

“Each year, The Landmark Society works closely on these priorities with owners, municipal officials, and developers to facilitate investment and foster rehabilitation,” said Goodman. The ultimate goal is to return these important historic resources to a place of prominence in their respective communities, as economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.

Most of the 2015 Five to Revive properties have moved closer to that goal. “The Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building has had a bumpy ride but with the hard work of a local advocacy group, Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP), things are looking brighter,” said Castelein. “The County is examining options for selling the property while our staff works with CAMP to explore options for future uses.”

The Former Wollensak Optical Company is on the market. The Main St. East/North Clinton Avenue Retail District will soon be listed in the National Register of Historic Places, providing developers access to the historic tax credit programs.

“Our partner on the Lockwood-Alhart Cobblestone House and Retail Plaza, NeighborWorks Rochester, has acquired funding to design a welcoming public space in front of the building,” said Goodman. “This should be the first step in making the Cobblestone a friendlier environment for the neighborhood.”

The Landmark Society is also working with two Fraternal Meeting Halls, the Grange Hall in Huron and the Carter Memorial G.A.R. Hall in Nunda, to assist with repairs and ideas for creative programming. The Huron Grange Hall also received funding from The Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund to plan repairs, some of which were completed this summer.

>>Click here to see the 2016 Five to Revive.

Call for Session Proposals

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The 2017 NY Statewide Preservation Conference will take place April 6-8th in downtown Rochester. This conference will be presented by The Landmark Society of Western New York, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, 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 Monday, November 14th (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.

Preservation Grant Fund Deadline: October 28

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 Friday, October 28, 2016.

For more information, visit the Preservation Grant Fund page.

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.

 

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