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You're Invited on a YUPventure!

The YUPs are going on an adventure, next Saturday June 24th, and you’re invited! We’ll start the day off with a moderate 2-3 mile hike in the Wesley Hill Nature Preserve to the Wenrich Cabin. The cabin was built by nationally known artist John Wenrich in 1926 as a place of respite and contemplation. For years, the cabin has sat unused and unmaintained. The Landmark Society included it in their 2023 Five to Revive list to draw attention to this rapidly deteriorating but magical place.

After the hike, we’ll head into town for behind-the-scenes tours of two Naples landmarks: the 1794 Federal style Cleveland House (operated by the Naples Historical Society) and the 1965 St. Januarius Church, designed by James Johnson (architect of the famed Mushroom House).

We’ll cap off the day with a few drinks at Engine 14 Brewery.

Cost is $12.51 per person, and space is limited.  All ages are welcome. Check the link below for a detailed itinerary and FAQ.

This is going to be a fun, casual adventure with several members of the Young Urban Preservationists, (YUPs for short).  We are an affiliate group of The Landmark Society, are an emerging generation of preservationists in the greater Rochester region dedicated to promoting inclusive, modern, and innovative preservation practices to help revitalize communities and our built environment.  Please spread the word if you know someone that might be interested!

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Architecture for Lunch Summer Schedule

Hopefully today’s rain won’t repeat itself on our next five Architecture for Lunch tours! Plan to join us for one or more of these 25-minute tours, which feature information about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester neighborhoods. Tours are led by former Landmark staff member and educator, Tyler Lucero.

Architecture for Lunch tours are FREE and open to the public (no reservations required, just show up!), held rain or shine, for the most interesting lunch break you’ve ever taken.

This year’s tours:

All tours take place 12:15-12:40 on Wednesdays in Rochester.

Events Calendar

Summer Architecture in the Wild Classes

More Architecture in the Wild classes with the Rochester Brainery are available for registration (including one spot that just opened up on our June 22nd tour of Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway!)

On Wednesday, July 26th, join us for Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History. This popular walking tour around Rochester’s historic third ward neighborhood always sells out, so don’t hesitate!

We also have two brand new Architecture in the Wild tours for 2023.  On Thursday, August 10th, we’ll explore Upper Monroe, a neighborhood of early 20th century homes adjacent to Cobbs Hill.  On August 23rd, we’ll walk some of the streets around the southeast section of the Inner Loop that were spared from demolition. We’re calling this one “The Inner Loop Leftovers,” but don’t let the name fool you – there are lots of hidden gems around South Union Street and Monroe Avenue.

Back by popular demand! A summer encore of “The Rocks That Built Rochester” class will be held on Monday, July 17th at Radio Social. In this class, taught by members of the Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs), you’ll learn about some of our area’s most treasured landmarks and the links to the ancient geologic processes that made them possible and influence their preservation today.

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March with us in the Rochester Pride Parade

We’d love for you to march with The Landmark Society at this year’s Rochester Pride Parade! Let us know ASAP if you’d like to join us on Park Avenue at 1pm on July 15th, and we’ll reserve a custom-made Landmark Pride t-shirt for you. Email or call Larry Francer at or (585) 537-5954 to RSVP.  And if you’re planning to be a spectator, be sure to watch for us and “The Thing,” a vintage Volkswagen vehicle provided by members John Strawway and Mark Chaplin.

Learn more about The Landmark Society’s LGBTG Landmarks Initiative and our self-guided walking tours of Rochester at the link below.

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Landmark Travels - Don't Miss Out on Summer Day Trips!

Landmark Travels has an exciting summer schedule!  We have three great day trips:
  • Cazenovia and Skaneateles on Tuesday, June 27th – Sold out!
  • All Wright, All Day on Tuesday, July 11th. We’ll spend a full day appreciating Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural genius; with visits to the Martin House complex in Buffalo and Greycliff overlooking Lake Erie.  As a special offer, those who participate in this tour will get priority access to purchase up to two tickets to the September 30th tour of Rochester’s own Frank Lloyd Wright building, the privately-owned Boynton House.
  • Perry and Pike on Friday, August 18th. We’ll discover the charming village of Perry and the strides they’ve taken in preservation.  After lunch, we’ll tour the Silver Lake Institute, a summer community of late 19th century cottages and historic buildings on the shore of Silver Lake. We’ll end the day with a late afternoon visit to the Wyoming County Fair on the Pike Fairgrounds, one of the last 19th century rural county fairgrounds remaining in New York State.
The free airfare deal for our Gems of Eastern Europe cruise on the Eastern Danube in October has been extended to June 30th! Join us for a 12-day trip (October 4-15, 2023) aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises StarShip.  Visit five distinctive countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with expert guides and personal attention. Rates for the Gems of Eastern Europe tour start at $6,645 per person, depending on cabin selected.
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Upcoming Events

June 21st: Architecture for Lunch: High Falls

June 22nd: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway” (ONE SPOT LEFT!)

June 24th: YUPventure: Hike to Hidden Cabin & Explore Naples

June 28th: Architecture for Lunch: East End and Grove Place

July 12th: Architecture for Lunch: Four Corners & City Hall Historic District

July 17th: Rochester Brainery Class: “The Rocks That Built Rochester

July 19th: Architecture for Lunch: St. Paul Street / Garment District

July 26: Architecture for Lunch: Liberty Pole & E. Main Historic District

July 26th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History

August 10th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Upper Monroe

August 23rd: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring The Inner Loop Leftovers

Full Events Calendar

Thank you to our past event sponsors!

The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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