2016-06-08 Landmark Alerts

Cuba Redux

Melia Varadero Hotel

Now that we are seasoned Cuba travelers, The Landmark Society’s 2nd trip to this fascinating island will be even better than the first (which is a tall order to fill). Along with the wonderful tours of Preservation Projects, Architecture, Art and Music, we have booked our last night’s stay at the serene Melia Varadero Hotel on the beautiful northern coast. Reservation deadline is June 27th and spots are filling up quickly. Visit our website for more information or contact Larry Francer (585.546.7029 x14).

Architecture for Lunch kicks off this Friday


Timed to fit in with busy schedules and weekday lunch breaks, these 20-minute presentations feature information about the history and architecture of downtown Rochester. Led by Cynthia Howk, Landmark Society staff member and local history expert. Architecture for Lunch tours are free and open to the public, held rain or shine, for the most interesting lunch break you’ve ever taken.

NEW this year! We’re kicking off the series with a walk around High Falls/Browns Race. Meet Cynthia at 12:10 p.m. at the Pont-des-Rennes pedestrian bridge, Platt St. (corner of Brown’s Race).  Discover Rochester’s oldest industrial district, established during our “Flour City” era, with dramatic views of the Genesee River, High Falls, and the adjacent 19th century buildings now converted for office, residential and recreational use.

Friday, June 10th | 12:10 p.m. | Pont-des-Rennes bridge | FREE! | View all Architecture for Lunch details on our calendar

St. Joseph’s Park open for the season


The gates at St. Joseph’s Park are officially open for the season! Stop by for your lunch break, during your dog walk, or anytime between dawn and dusk. While you’re there, you might notice we have some new outdoor furniture. These beautiful new benches were created by two Rochester-based companies, Staach and Weld Works. A huge THANK YOU to them for helping us keep the Park beautiful and functional for the public!

Peony and Rose Weekend at Ellwanger Garden

Ellwanger Peonies 3

Enjoy dozens of old fashioned roses and extravagant peonies at the historic Ellwanger Garden during this special open weekend. This perennial flower garden has been continuously cultivated since 1867, and boasts unusual plants. The Peony bloom has been featured in the Spring 2016 issue of Country Gardens magazine!

Saturday & Sunday, June 11th & 12th | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | 625 Mt. Hope Avenue, follow signs for parking at adjacent property | Suggested donation: $5