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Attention homeowners in National Register historic districts! Did you know that you are eligible to apply to the NYS Historic Homeownership Rehabilitation Tax Credit program? Administered by the NY State Historic Preservation Office, this program provides a credit off your NYS income tax that helps offset the cost of repairs and upgrades to your historic home!

We want to help you save money and maintain your home’s character. Join us for a FREE webinar tomorrow, Thursday, August 27th (6-7:30 PM) where we’ll explain how the program works and how you qualify.

Registration required. Visit our website for complete details.


50th Anniversary (Virtual) House and Garden Tour

Ticket sales go live Friday, September 18th

A beautiful, professionally produced online video tour of seven spectacular houses and gardens in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of our House and Garden Tour. Purchase a ticket to receive a special code and link, then enjoy the Tour any time between Friday night October 9th and Sunday night October 18th.

One of the great things about this virtual tour (besides no weather worries and no shoe covers or masks!) is that we are not limited to one neighborhood and can bring you to different locations. This gives us the chance to highlight the amazing designs of a number of architects.

You’ll experience the Greek Revival mansion’s parlor wall motifs, inspired by architect Minard Lafever’s 1835 pattern book, The Beauties of Modern Architecture, which popularized the style in early America. You’ll be awed by Leander McCord, Jr.’s  magnum opus, an early 20th century luxurious house with a French Eclectic façade and Neoclassical adornment. You’ll be moved by the exhilarating spaces, light, and movement that Rochester’s first Black architect, Thomas Boyde, Jr., created in a 1959 modern home.

Title Sponsor and Honorary Chair


Event Co- Sponsor: Jane Parker and Fran Cosentino

Event sponsor: Canandaigua National Bank

Additional Sponsor: Marshall Boxes

Tickets on sale here 9/18

Technical Assistance Grants from the Preservation League of NYS

The Preservation League of New York State recently announced that applications are open for their Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program. Grants of up to $4,000, with a required 20% project cost match from each applicant, are available to nonprofit groups and municipalities that own or have a long-term lease on buildings that house historic sites, museums, arts facilities, and other important institutions that serve an arts or cultural purpose and are open to the public. Applications are due Monday, October 19th.

The League is hosting a series of online presentations highlighting the kinds of preservation planning projects they fund through the TAG program. Follow the link below for details.

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More YUP walking tours in September!

Our Young Urban Preservationists are reprising their popular Architecture in the Wild walking tour classes in September. If you missed out in August, now is your last chance to get in on a (socially distanced) walking tour!

Love old buildings but don’t know a Queen Anne from a Dutch Colonial? The YUPs are taking students out onto the streets to explore Rochester’s architectural history in its natural setting. In these 2-hour outdoor classes, students will walk different city neighborhoods and learn the names of important architectural styles; some basic architectural terminology; and how to approximately date the buildings so often seen.

Wednesday, September 16 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring NOTA’s/East Avenue’s Architectural History

Wednesday, September 23 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Architectural History

Wednesday, September 30 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring the South Wedge’s Architectural History

Social distancing, temperature checks, and mask-wearing will be in effect for these classes. Tickets are available on the Brainery’s website at the link below.

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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 the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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