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Bonus Inside Downtown Tour out now!

The “Bonus” Inside Downtown Tour is a second IDT event in 2021. This professionally produced video will bring viewers inside places not normally open to the public, or surprises as known sites that are hidden in plain view. Places visited include the Times Square Building, Irving Place (Old City Hall – including the bell tower), The Sibley Building complex, and much more. We’ll take you up on rooftops and down in basement vaults, and other normally inaccessible places. Be prepared to be amazed and delighted by sights you never knew existed in Rochester!

Your purchased ticket will enable you to stream the video tour at your leisure between October 22nd and October 31st.

The Inside Downtown Tour is presented by:
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
The GL Group – David L. Guadagnino

Get your tickets!

Register for the NY Statewide Preservation Conference

The NY Statewide Preservation Conference is going virtual once again! This means you can attend from anywhere in the world, including the comfort of your own couch. It also means we can bring you a wide variety of speakers—who represent grassroots advocates, experts in the field, and emerging professionals—from across the country.

This year, we’re focusing on the future of preservation. Some of the questions we’ll be asking:

  • How does preservation have to change to remain relevant?
  • What does the future of preservation look like in a post-George Floyd and post-COVID world?
  • How can we expand our preservation practice to be inclusive of the full American story?
  • Does the preservation field need to update long held standards or find ways to work creatively within them?

We hope that you will join the conversation and pose your own hard questions to fellow attendees and speakers alike. Or maybe you have answers and ideas of your own; we want to hear those too!

The 2021 NY Statewide Preservation Conference is presented by:

Register at the Early Bird rate

GVRR Grant Round 1 awardees announced

In partnership with the NYS Office of the Governor and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, The Landmark Society of Western New York is pleased to announce the recipients of Round 1 funding through the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization (GVRR) Grant Program!

This program, funded by the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program through the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, aims to support historic restoration and rehabilitation projects in our rural Finger Lakes and Western New York communities. Over 80 applications were received during Round 1 with more than $3 million in grant requests. 7 projects have been selected and a total of $300,515.00 has been awarded in Round 1.

View the awardees

New classes from the YUPs!

The YUPs have a few brand new classes coming up this fall and winter. Classes are held through the Rochester Brainery and registration is available on the Brainery’s website (follow the link below).

11/1 – Architecture in Film and Media: Spooky Edition

The Shining, Psycho, The Munsters, The Addams Family, Amityville Horror, Halloween, Hocus Pocus … Historic architecture is used throughout film and media to convey a sense of mystery and to elicit suspense and fear. This creates an unconscious association in the audience, adding a cloak of misunderstanding around certain architectural styles. How many of us have looked at a Second Empire-style house or a farmhouse with peeling paint and thought, “Oh, that house is creepy and haunted”? In this class, we’ll discuss how architecture has been used throughout film’s history to create that sense of spookiness. We’ll then look at examples of these same styles from around our region and unpack the architectural details that make certain styles perfect for scary movies.

11/9, 12/6, 1/10 – Old House Interior Design: A 3-Part Series

When it comes to designing for the interior spaces of our home, it’s hard to define an authentic style we truly love, particularly for older homes. But it doesn’t have to be! Whether you own an old house or would like to discover your interior design style, this class will teach you how to honor the history and embrace the character of houses from the 1830s through the 1960s. Find which characteristics in common house styles suit your personal aesthetics and learn solutions to common old house pitfalls (like small kitchens). We’ll explore products, materials and sensitive design solutions that enhance your home’s original features – without sacrificing your unique style.

YUP Brainery classes

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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