The Landmark Society’s 2012 Preservation Awards were presented this year at a special event 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 this week’s Awards Ceremony, over the next few days we’ll be featuring some of this year’s award winners.
The Special Achievement Award recognizes accomplishments that have occurred over a lengthy period of time.
A trustee of The Landmark Society for over two decades, Richard Reisem has brought his exceptional and varied skills to a host of important projects in this community since moving to Rochester in the 1950s. A graduate of Iowa State University, with major studies in architecture, history and journalism, Richard has written fourteen books since retiring from Eastman Kodak Company’s Communications and Public Affairs Division in 1986. They include diverse subjects concerned with history and architecture, including Erie Canal Legacy, Classic Buffalo, and 200 Years of Rochester Architecture and Gardens in collaboration with photographer Andy Olenick. A former member of the Rochester Preservation Board, Richard lives in an 1868 Gothic Revival house in the city’s Highland/Mt. Hope neighborhood, where he has also been a long-time trustee of the Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery. Author, researcher, tour-leader, and preservation activist, Richard Reisem has been a tireless advocate for this community’s historic resources for over five decades.
Visit our Success Stories page to see all of the 2012 Preservation Award winners.