2016-08-25 Landmark Alerts

Inside Downtown Tour tickets now on sale!



Tickets are now available for our 2016 Inside Downtown Tour in the St. Paul Quarter! The Inside Downtown Tour opens up urban environments where people are creating exciting spaces to live and work. We visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places, and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment. Lofts with a view, new collaborative work spaces, and a family-owned stained glass studio that’s been in business for over 100 years! That’s just a taste of where your Inside Downtown ticket will take you on September 30th and October 1st.

Friday, Sept. 30 & Saturday, Oct. 1 | Advance tickets members: $20  Advance tickets non-members: $26 | Click here for tickets

Tour MLK Jr. Memorial Park! Free–registration required


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park (formerly known as Manhattan Square Park) was designed by master landscape architect Lawrence Halprin between 1971 and 1974. The upcoming tour is offered through The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s What’s Out There program to highlight the centennial of Halprin’s birth year and examine his unique design legacy. The tour will provide a history of Halprin’s vision for Rochester and highlight recent rehabilitative efforts in the park.

Tour guide JoAnn Beck was a senior landscape architect and project manager for the City of Rochester for over twenty years. She managed the ongoing rehabilitation of the park and is intimately familiar with its history and design.

Click here for FREE Registration on The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s website. Space is limited.


Saturday, September, 17 | 4-5 PM | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park | Free, registration required | Register here.

LGBTQ Landmarks Initiative kicks off


On Tuesday, August 16, about 50 LGBTQ community members and allies attended The Landmark Society’s gathering for our newest initiative – a Rochester LGBTQ Landmarks Survey.  The survey will identify landmarks of significance in the history of Rochester’s LGBTQ community and recognize their importance both historically and culturally.  Larry Francer, The Landmark Society’s Associate Director of Preservation, welcomed the group and shared that the Survey, the first phase of this Initiative which was funded through a grant from the LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester of Rochester Area Community Foundation, will offer a unique opportunity to educate the entire Rochester community about the history of the local LGBTQ movement and create a sense of pride about the place that our City occupies nationally in the fight for gay rights. For more information about this important initiative contact Larry Francer.