Young Urban Preservationists

Behind the Scenes: Harro East

HarroEastYou may have danced in the ballroom or worked up a sweat in the athletic club, but did you know that this 1930s gem went from an abandoned building in the 1970s to the thriving mixed-use building we know today? Come take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the former home of the Jewish Young Men’s and Women’s Association has transformed while continuing to serve as an entertainment and commercial staple of the Rochester landscape.

>>Reserve your spot here (tour is free but space is limited)

Still want to talk preservation? Join us for a drink at Abilene Bar & Lounge after the tour (153 Liberty Pole Way, Rochester, NY 14604)! No cover for tour participants.

Wednesday, February 24th | 5:45 pm sharp! | Harro East, 155 North Chestnut St. Rochester, NY 14604 | Registration required (the tour is free but space is limited!)

Volunteer with us!


Calling the young and the young at heart! Are you interested in our know your place coaster project: WHERE THE #&@% AM I? Are you gifted in web development or graphic design? If so, contact us because we’ve got the perfect volunteer opportunity for you!



YUP Fb photoIntroducing the Young Urban Preservationists! We are a new group of youngish folks interested in preservation and community revitalization. We come from various walks of life and various professions—lawyers, planners, doctors, veterinarians, architects, writers, artists—but we all have one thing in common: we care about our communities and we believe our historic resources play an important role in any community’s revitalization.

What does “young” mean? Whatever you want it to! We’re targeting those oft-maligned by the media “millennials” (aged 20 to about 40) but, more importantly, we want to connect with like-minded people who are invested in their communities and are young at heart.

Sound like a group of people you would want to hang out with?  We hope so!


We have a bunch of different projects and events in the works. Contact us to learn about how you can get involved in:

  • Homeowner Workshops
  • DIY video tutorials
  • Bikes, Beer & Buildings (bike scavenger hunt that takes place each July)
  • Pop-up event(s) at vacant, at-risk, or under-utilized historic spaces
  • Buffalo trip/BYP mixer
  • WHERE THE #&@# AM I? historic bar/pub coaster project


Sign up for our e-newsletter below so you can stay up-to-date (or contact Caitlin Meives if you’re interested in getting involved).


You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram! And check out our #yuproc hashtag on Instagram!

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