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Inside Downtown Tour this weekend!

Every year, The Landmark Society’s Inside Downtown Tour opens up urban environments where folks are creating exciting spaces to live and work in Rochester: we visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places, and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment. This year’s tour will take place in the neighborhood around East Avenue & Alexander Street in Rochester’s East End, on Friday, September 27 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, and on Saturday, September 28th from 11 am to 4 pm.

The Tour will take us on East Avenue and Alexander Street, an area undergoing transformation. The former Inner Loop is no longer a “moat” separating downtown from the rest of the neighborhood. We will bridge that former gap by extending the tour up East Avenue into the East End, including The Sagamore and Charlotte Square.

Want a free Tour ticket? We could use  a few more volunteers to help staff the Tour stops! Volunteer on Friday night or Saturday and you’ll get a free Tour ticket! E-mail Cindy Boyer for details.

Get your tickets!

Call for Conference session proposals

We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! For the first time, the Conference will be in downtown Syracuse, March 26-28.

Priorities for 2020:

  • Sessions that include diverse panelists/speakers, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, and youth. All panels should strive to be inclusive and represent diverse perspectives.
  • Topics that address underrepresented communities and current issues regarding social justice and equity as they relate to historic preservation (i.e. gentrification, intangible heritage, non-traditional or new preservation practices)
  • Topics that explicitly address ways in which preservation as a movement and a professional field can become more inclusive and representative.

You do not need to be a preservation professional to share your story. Whether you are a grassroots community activist, an urban planner, a non-profit organization, an architect, a neighborhood group, a developer, property owner, or a municipality, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a diverse range of topics that include everything from neighborhood advocacy and small town revitalization to complex tax credit rehab projects and place-based event planning.

Proposals are due by Friday, October 18th at midnight.

Submit your proposal

Ghost Walk: New and Revived!

25 years wasn’t enough, so we are returning with year 26 of this nighttime guided walking tour. This time we have new stories and we are reviving some of the ghosts that haven’t been seen at the event in over 20 years.

This award-winning experience leads you down an historic street, where you encounter actors portraying Rochesterians from our past. Each has an actual event from our history to relate, up close and personal. Of course since its October – you know it’s going to be the darker, macabre side of history. This is a great event for those who love theatre, history, Halloween – or all of the above.

Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Advance tickets: $15 members, $22 non-members | Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 1st!

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Travel Tour: Toronto Yuletide

You may know Toronto, but have you experienced it in all its Yuletide glory? Here’s a chance to enjoy the best of the season without having to personally drive the QEW expressway. Highlights include the biggest Christmas market in Canada, Casa Loma Castle, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and more!

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Travel Tour: Palm Springs Modweek

Modernism Week’s signature February Event is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture. This exciting festival takes place in February in the Palm Springs area of Southern California. Modernism Week features more than 350 events including the Modernism Show & Sale, Signature Home Tours, films, lectures, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus Tours, nightly parties and live music, walking and bike tours, tours of Sunnylands, fashion, classic cars, modern garden tours, a vintage travel trailer exhibition, and more. Check out Modernism Week’s website!

Join Landmark Society staff for a truly personalized visit to Palm Springs during this fascinating festival. Larry will be working with his college roommate, Ron Duby, to sift through the hundreds of events and take you to the highlights and the hidden gems.

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Thank you to our past event sponsors!


The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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