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YUPs present: Beginner's Guide to Old House Interior Design

When it comes to designing the interior space of a home, it’s hard to define an authentic style that is truly loved, particularly for older homes. But it doesn’t have to be. Whether students own an old house or would like to discover their interior design style, this class will teach students how to honor the history and embrace the character of houses from the 1830s through the 1960s. Students will learn what characteristics to look for in common house styles to suit their personal aesthetics and learn solutions to common old house pitfalls (small kitchens!). The class will explore products, materials, and sensitive design solutions that enhance a home’s original features without sacrificing the owner’s unique style.

The Young Urban Preservationists’ popular Architecture in the Wild walking tour classes are also live on the Brainery’s website. Don’t wait to register, these always sell out quickly!

Interested in learning more about or getting involved with the YUPs? Check out their website or e-mail them to sign up for the next monthly Steering Committee meeting. Meetings are open to all!

Register here

May is Preservation Month!

Each year, preservationists around the country celebrate the places, people, and projects that have shaped our communities and that provide us all with a tangible connection to our past. Even though we may still not be able to get together in person to take a walking tour or visit our favorite historic site, we can still celebrate the places that matter to us. Throughout the month, we’ll be partnering with our Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs) to share some fun and educational resources that you can use (while social distancing) to celebrate Preservation Month.

Preservation Month preview

Join us at Ellwanger Garden in May

Join us for two weekends in May!

Mother’s Day weekend (8th-9th) and the following weekend (15th-16th) Ellwanger Garden will be open from 12 to 3 PM. Look for signs directing to nearby off-site parking. A $5 donation per person is appreciated to help maintain this historic landscape.

Due to the narrow paths at the Garden, masks will be required and social distancing requested.

More about Ellwanger Garden

Seeking Preservation Award nominations

What do an Art Deco movie theatre, a digital archive of cobblestone buildings, a do-it-yourself owner of a Queen Anne/Eclectic house, and a former high school auditorium-turned-performing arts center have in common? All were recipients of Preservation Awards from The Landmark Society of Western New York in 2020.

Each fall, The Landmark Society presents several awards to projects, individuals, and organizations who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to promote historic preservation in our nine-county area. The Landmark Society’s Awards Committee is seeking nominations for its 2021 Preservation Awards. Nominations are welcome from Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

Deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 5 PM.


Welcome our new staff!

We are so excited to welcome our newest staff members, Becky Timmons and Ryan Jarles! Both Becky and Ryan will be working as our Preservation Outreach Coordinators, managing community outreach, digital media, and working with the rest of our Preservation staff on our fee-for-service programs. Click below to learn more about Becky and Ryan!

Learn more

Old House Help

Construction season is upon us and that means it’s time to start thinking about repairs, improvements, and maintenance to your older homes. But wait! If you live in a National Register historic district, you could be saving money on those repairs. Properties that are located in National Register historic districts and qualifying census tracts and that are owner-occupied, are eligible for the NYS Historic Homeowners Tax Credit program.

Neighborhoods in the city of Rochester that have eligible historic districts include: Maplewood, 19th Ward, South Wedge, Highland Park, Susan B. Anthony, Browncroft, Park Ave., Corn Hill, and Grove Place.

Whether you’re in a National Register historic district and want to apply for tax credits or you’re in a City of Rochester Preservation District and need to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness to do exterior work on your home, we are here to help. Through our Old House Help program, you can hire our expert staff to prepare these applications. Visit our website below for details!

Old House Help details

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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