2017-11-28 ROC the Day

Help us ROC the Day today!

Today, the Rochester community comes together to ROC the Day and we need YOU to join us. It’s 24 hours of unprecedented community giving. And it’s your chance to make a real difference right here in the Greater Rochester region.

All funds donated to The Landmark Society today will go towards our Preservation Grant Fund. This small but powerful program helps save historic places throughout our region. It provides critical start-up funds to at-risk historic buildings to get preservation projects off the ground. These grants make a world of difference to the grassroots organizations, houses of worship, and small communities that receive them. Join us and make a difference.

THANK YOU for your support!

The Preservation Grant Fund has helped save places like these. With your help, we can continue to help people save the places that matter to them.

One of our past grant recipients and subsequent Five to Revive properties was the Cattaraugus County Memorial and Historical Building in Little Valley, NY. Built in 1911, the Memorial Building is a unique example of a Civil War Memorial that was designed for use as a municipal building. An elegant Neoclassical style building, it once housed a library and, until 2004, the County Historical Museum. In 2013, county officials announced plans for its demolition. We worked with a newly formed advocacy group, Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP), to rally around this important building. A grant from our program helped fund a feasibility study and set the stage for CAMP to negotiate a transfer of ownership from the County.

Just a few doors down from the Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, this former home has been vacant for over 20 years. With funding from our Preservation Grant Fund, a feasibility study is currently underway to evaluate possible paths forward. Partnering with the City of Rochester and the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association, we’re hopeful this feasibility study will lead to a comprehensive rehabilitation that will further boost revitalization in this special city neighborhood.

Since we listed the Culver Rd. cobblestone on our 2015 Five to Revive, we have been partnering with NeighborWorks Rochester and neighborhood residents to bring this unique property back to life. NeighborWorks has begun construction on a new parklet to replace the sea of asphalt and our grant program is helping potential developers explore options for reuse. With the help of many stakeholders, we’re hopeful we can help save the last remaining cobblestone in the city!