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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 https://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.

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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.

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2 thoughts on “46th Annual House & Garden Tour Highlights the East Avenue and East Boulevard Area”

  1. Do you have any old house tours in rochester on july 14 or 15, 2016? We will be in the area for a wedding and are very interested in old homes and architecture.

    Cathy Webster

    • Hi Cathy. We hold two tours that get tourgoers inside private homes and apartments each year: our House & Garden Tour in June and our Inside Downtown Tour in the fall.

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