2015-01-28 Landmark Alerts

National Trust names Chautauqua Amphitheater a National Treasure

Photo courtesy Stephen Davies [blog.preservationnation.org]
Photo courtesy Stephen Davies [blog.preservationnation.org]
At a news conference yesterday The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that it is naming the Chautauqua Amphitheater, a National Historic Landmark, as one of America’s National Treasures. Known as the Amp, the Chautauqua Amphitheater, which has hosted a wide range of leaders, activists and artists over its 122-year history, is threatened by the Chautauqua Institution’s plan to demolish the Amp to make way for a replica.

The Landmark Society has actively supported preserving the amphitheater. We are proud to join a regional and national coalition (consisting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Preservation League of New York State, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara) in support of preserving the Chautauqua Amphitheater. >>Click here to read the full story and find out how you can help.

Walk the Walk public performance


Rochester’s African American ancestors will be brought to life at the 2015 performance of Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors this February.

Now in its 19th year, Walk the Walk is offered FREE during a single performance only – Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. – at The Memorial AME Zion Church, 549 Clarissa Street in the historic Corn Hill District. The congregation is one of the oldest in Rochester, having formed in 1827. African-American Women’s service club, The Links, will host a cookie reception, and thanks to a generous sponsor, the performance is free to the public.

Thursday, February 5th | 7:00 p.m. | Memorial AME Zion Church | 549 Clarissa St. | FREE!

Walk the Walk is sponsored by The Links, Rochester NY Chapter; Bergmann Associates; Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation; Wilson Foundation; Guido & Ellen Palma Foundation.

Architectural History classes at The Brainery


We’re excited to be offering two classes on Architectural History at the Rochester Brainery next month: Crash Course in American Architectural History, Part I: 19th Century and Crash Course in American Architectural History, Part II: 20th Century. In these two, 1 hour classes, we’ll give you the rundown of American architectural styles from the colonial era through the present day, with a focus on local and regional examples. Learn the names of important architectural styles common in the northeast; some basic architectural terminology; and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day. The classes take place Tuesday, February 10th and Tuesday, February 17th. Follow the links above to buy your tickets!

Preservation Grant Fund recipients announced

Image courtesy of Richard Margolis
Image courtesy of Richard Margolis

One of the grants will help to advance the revitalization of the Former Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls, one of our 2014 Five to Revive. The Preservation Grant Fund provides funds for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings. Awards have also been earmarked for four other sites. The complete list of grants includes: Macedon Academy in Macedon; Grace United Methodist Church in Rochester; Salem United Church of Christ in Rochester; and the Wiley Schoolhouse in Savannah. >>Visit our website for complete details.