2016-10-25 Landmark Alerts

Ghost Walk–this weekend!


The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk returns for its 23rd year to scare up some stories from the darker side of Rochester’s history. If you have never attended Ghost Walk, you might think: Aren’t Ghost Walks like a haunted house attraction? Or those tours where they try to summon spirits from the past? Or just for kids? You would be right on two out of three of those.


Just for kids? That’s a definite “no.” Ghost Walk is enjoyable for anyone over the age of 8.  Summoning spirits from the past?  Yes, we do that.  Our spirits are real people recently returned from the grave, who enthrall you with their experiences from the darker side of Rochester’s history.   Haunted house?  On the walk you’ll peer at amazing architectural exteriors under the cover of darkness – on the most unusual street in Rochester. We don’t know if they are haunted by ghosts – but we promise you’ll be haunted by the experience.

Friday & Saturday, October 28 & 29th | First tour starts at 6:30 PM; last tour at 9 PM | tours start at Incarnate Word Lutheran Church, 597 East Avenue | Advance tickets: $20 ($14 Landmark members) | Click here for tickets

Call for session proposals: 2017 Statewide Preservation Conference


The 2017 NY Statewide Preservation Conference will take place April 6-8th in downtown Rochester. This conference will be presented by The Landmark Society of Western New York, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Historic Albany Foundation, The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

In order to make this conference a success, we need your preservation projects, ideas and initiatives. Share your success stories, challenges, and new ideas with preservationists and community advocates from across the state. Submit your session proposal by Monday, November 14th (at 11:59 PM) in order to be considered. Proposals on a wide variety of topics are welcome and encouraged.

 >>Click here to see more detailed information and submit a conference proposal.

YUP Open Meeting: November 14th


Join The Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists for our November meeting! We have lots of exciting events and projects in the works and we need YOU to help execute them. If you’ve never been to a YUP meeting or event, come learn about us and learn how you can get involved. All are welcome!

We’ll be breaking into groups to plan the following projects:

  • holiday party
  • after school preservation program for middle schoolers
  • WHERE THE #&@% AM I? coaster program
  • February heart bombing
  • Summer 2017 Rust Belt Takeover
  • Bikes, Beer & Buildings 2017

Monday, November 14th | 6:00-7:30 PM | The Landmark Society, 133 S Fitzhugh St. | RSVP on Facebook

2016 Five to Revive announced


Last week, we announced our 2016 Five to Revive – a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization. The announcement was made at our headquarters on South Fitzhugh St. in Rochester. The list includes:

  • Former Rochester Brewing Company complex, Rochester, NY
  • Downtown Perry Block of Commercial Buildings, Village of Perry, Wyoming County
  • Dove Block, City of Geneva, Ontario County
  • Lake Ontario State Parkway, Monroe and Orleans Counties
  • The Traditional Trades

>>Click here to see the 2016 Five to Revive.