2017-10-05 Landmark Alerts

Inside Downtown Tour this weekend!

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.


Extra Benefit for Saturday Tour Goers! Attending Inside Downtown Tour on Saturday?  You can also enjoy a FREE concert at Parcel Five, with donation tables in place to support the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. #ROCRELIEF Benefit will bring music to the stage from 10 am to 6 pm. Bring your own chairs (leave them in the car until you’re done touring). Even more food trucks will be on hand. Plan on extra time to find parking on Saturday – plenty of paid parking in the Midtown Garage and free parking in the Mortimer Street Garage.

The 2017 Inside Downtown Tour is sponsored by:


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 this month 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 | NOTE location change: Red Bird Café & Gift Shop, 25 Main Street

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

Submit your session proposal for the 2018 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

The 2018 NY Statewide Preservation Conference takes place in Albany (April 26-28)! We’ll be surrounded by grandiose government architecture, diverse city neighborhoods, historic parks, and amazing adaptive reuse projects. Experts, grassroots community advocates, and new voices in the preservation movement will come together in Albany to learn from one another.

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 Friday, November 3rd (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.

The 2018 NY Statewide Preservation Conference is presented by The Landmark Society of Western New York, Historic Albany Foundation, The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.