2017-03-21 Landmark Alerts

Early Bird Conference rates extended through Wednesday!

If you were a little pre-occupied with winterstorm Stella last week, don’t worry, we’ve extended Early Bird registration rates through tomorrow, Wednesday, 3/22. Don’t miss out! For just $75, you can be a part of downtown tours, three days of lively and educational sessions, essential preservation and planning training opportunities, and a party that is not to be missed. >>Visit our website to see the full lineup of speakers and events.

A Conference of The Landmark Society of Western New York, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Preservation League of New York State, and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Presented by: Rochester Colonial Manufacturing & Winn Development.

Save the DeMay community meeting tonight

A proposal is in the works that could demolish the Historic Hotel DeMay at the corner of Latta & North Greece Roads in the Town of Greece for a gas station and convenience store. A grassroots effort has formed to try to prevent the demolition and find a new use for the century-old building. Come to the meeting to learn more about the building’s history and what can be done to save, rehabilitate and reuse it. Everyone with an interest in the Hotel DeMay is welcome. >>Visit the Facebook event for complete details. 

You can also show your support for the DeMay by joining the “Save the DeMay” t-shirt campaign. Organized by the Save the DeMay grassroots committee, in collaboration with The Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists, all sales of the t-shirts will go towards efforts to advocate for the reuse of this community icon.

Tuesday, March 21 | 7:00-8:30 PM | North Greece Fireman’s Field
3666 Latta Rd, Rochester, New York 14612

Informational meeting: potential Park Avenue Historic District & tax credits

The area in the Park Avenue neighborhood of the city of Rochester, outlined in brown in the map above (click image to see larger view), is potentially eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district. This honorary program does not place any restrictions on private property owners. It does allow homeowners in the district to take advantage of the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program. Learn more at an informational meeting this Thursday, March 23rd. 

We’ll answer questions like:

  • Who qualifies for the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program?
  • What type of work qualifies for tax credits?
  • How do I apply for tax credits?
  • How do I make my home eligible?
  • Does listing our neighborhood in a National Register Historic District create restrictions on what I can do to my home (Answer: No)
  • What’s the difference between a National Register Historic District and a City Preservation District?

Interested? Please RSVP to Caitlin Meives at The Landmark Society.  If you aren’t able to make this meeting, additional informational meetings will be scheduled.

Thursday, March 23 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave. | RSVP to Caitlin Meives

April Fools Tour at Stone-Tolan

Poor Stone-Tolan: those April Fools have been at it again! The oldest site in the county has been littered with things that do not belong. We’ve got to get it set right before all the 4th grade students arrive for their field studies – we don’t want the kids to think that Mrs. Stone did her hearth cooking by the light of a lava lamp!

Help us unravel the mess they have left behind at our April Fools Tour on Saturday, April 1st from 12:00 to 4:00. Identify the things that do not belong in the 1815 tavern, kitchen, and parlor bedroom; some will be easy (the lava lamp, perhaps?), but some will be a bit of a challenge (what’s the date on that coin?). But it will all be fun – and there will be prizes! Adult admission is $5, and we’re offering a special rate for children under 18 – free admission (no fooling…)!

Saturday, April 1 | 12:00-4:00 PM | Stone-Tolan Historic Site | 2370 East Ave. | $5 adults, under 18 free!

Celebrate City Living expo returns April 1st

Come celebrate city living with us for our second annual Celebrate City Living Expo on Saturday, April 1st. Check out a wide variety of community organizations and businesses showcasing downtown and neighborhood housing opportunities and resources. Attend a seminar on Homebuying 101 or Rental Tips and Tricks, or have a Hot Dog with a Top Dog. WDKX will be doing a live broadcast, Spikes from the Red Wings will be there from 1-2, Airigami will have a display…something for everyone!

We’re also sponsoring 2-hour bus tours of Rochester’s historic neighborhoods. These bus excursions, guided by experts Cynthia Howk and Jason Haremza, are an informative and entertaining introduction to Rochester’s neighborhoods and housing stock. If you are a prospective City renter or home buyer, this tour is a great place to start as you figure out where to call home. Pre-registration is required. >>Register to take the bus tour.