2017-09-27 Landmark Alerts

Inside Downtown Tour coming up!

The 14th annual Inside Downtown Tour takes us to The Heart of Downtown: Midtown’s New Neighborhood. 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. Basically, we get you “in” on the latest urban living trends.This year’s tour takes place Friday October 6th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday October 7th  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The 2017 Inside Downtown Tour is sponsored by:

Attention: Greece residents

As many of you may already know, this past winter we worked with advocates in Greece to encourage the preservation and reuse of the historic Hotel DeMay, located at N. Greece and Latta Roads. At that time, developers were proposing to demolish the 108-year-old-building and replace it with a gas station and convenience store. At public meetings, many residents expressed concern about, among other topics, the demolition of such an iconic historic building. Advocates formed an informal group, called Save the DeMay. Although we have not been able to confirm any details and we have been informed that no demolition permits have been issued, recent activity around the building (including ongoing asbestos removal) has raised concerns among residents that the building may be facing an imminent demolition. If you live in the Town of Greece, we encourage you to contact your elected officials ASAP to voice your concern.

New Affiliate Program launches with informational meetings

The Landmark Society has been working for the past two years with three pilot communities in the region – Brockport, Perry, and Seneca Falls – to develop our Affiliate Program. The purpose of the Program is not only to connect communities more closely with the larger preservation movement through The Landmark Society, but to also create a network of grassroots preservation organizations in western New York. Greater Brockport Development Corporation (GBDC), Perry Main Street Association, and Preserve Seneca Falls all had great assets and distinct challenges that the pilot program has been able to evaluate and address, and we are now ready to expand to include your organization or effort!

Please join us in October as we hold three regional meetings to expand this exciting new program. We have asked each of the pilot communities to host a meeting so you can attend one close by and hear how the program has worked for them. If you are a member of an established preservation organization, an interested individual, or a neighborhood, city, town, or village official, we’d love to answer any questions you might have about how you can benefit from this program. We hope to have the program up and running for 2018 so please RSVP for the meeting in your area.

Brockport | Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 7:30pm | Seymour LIbrary, 161 East Avenue

Seneca Falls | Tuesday, October 10, 2017 | 7:30pm | Visitors Center, 89 Fall Street,

Perry | Wednesday, October 11, 2017 | 7:30pm | Silver Lakes Brewing Company, 14 Borden Avenue

>>Click here to RSVP. 

Park Avenue: Grant announcements & public meeting

For the past year, we have been partnering with neighborhood groups in the Park Avenue neighborhood of the city of Rochester to spearhead an effort to list the neighborhood as a National Register historic district. This summer, that project took a big step forward! The New York State Council on the Arts, together with the Preservation League of New York State and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation awarded the Landmark Society $10,000 for this effort. Rochester Area Community Foundation has awarded the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association $15,000.

We are especially excited about this project because the listing would make homeowners of over 1,500 properties eligible for a tax credit equal to 20% of qualified home repairs and upgrades. Along with several neighborhood groups, we’ll be holding an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM at the East Avenue Wegmans.

>>Click here to learn more about the Park Avenue Historic district project.

Tuesday, October 24 | 7:00 PM | Timber Room @ East Avenue Wegmans

Informational Meeting for Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing Travel Tour

On Tuesday, October 17th (5:30-6:30 PM), learn more about our August 2018 luxurious Atlantic crossing and exploration of the built heritage of rural and urban England travel tour, the culmination of our 80th Anniversary year. “Once-in-a-lifetime” may sound like hyperbole, but in this case, it most certainly applies. We also hope to choose the winner that evening of our raffle for two tickets on this exciting trip. Visit our website to purchase raffle tickets and join us at the meeting to see if you win and sign up if you lose! RSVP at 585.546.7029 x11 by lucky Friday, October 13th.

Tuesday, October 17 | 5:30-6:30 PM | Landmark Society Offices, 133 S Fitzhugh St.