2017-10-19 Landmark Alerts

Ghost Walk–this weekend!

The ghosts of Rochester’s past are waiting to greet you and share their stories – all from the distinctly dark side of the city’s history…

The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk is a guided nighttime walking tour. Follow lantern-bearing guides down the dark streets of a historic neighborhood, encountering retellings of the spookier goings-on in Rochester’s history on the porches of beautifully preserved homes. Now in its 24th year!

>>Purchase your tickets here.

Friday, Oct. 20 & Saturday, Oct. 21 | 6:30-9:00 PM | Tours leave from Incarnate Word Lutheran Church (at East Ave & Goodman St) | Tickets: Advance tickets are $22 ($15 for Landmark Society members) and $25 for all at the door, if available.

2017 Five to Revive

Yesterday, we unveiled the new slate of Five to Revive properties. They include:

  • Elim Bible Institute, Lima
  • Lehigh Valley Railroad Roundhouse, Manchester
  • Hotel DeMay, Greece
  • Tent City, Rochester
  • The Front Porch, throughout western New York

Check them out on our website.

Park Avenue historic district 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.