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Homes for the holidays...a virtual experience

Join us as we celebrate and capture the magic of the holiday spirit on our Homes for the Holidays Virtual Experience, presented by Marshall Boxes! This event will include historical and architectural narrative highlights like our traditional tours for all our historic architecture groupies, but with an added holiday twist. For the first time, homeowners will share their favorite holiday traditions and special memories that add a unique and valuable experience when the heart of the home is shared.

As special features, you will virtually tour AIA Rochester’s 2020 design awardee, ‘casa saudade’ a converted barn, and a very rare, but highly requested public viewing of Rochester’s own Frank Lloyd Wright design, The Boynton House.

Tickets are on sale now. The tour will be available to enjoy from December 27th through January 16th. Your support by purchasing tickets for this year-end fundraiser will help us close out this year with a bang!

Homes for the Holidays sponsored by:

Details & tickets

ROC the Day with us next Tuesday!

This year, Genesee Country Village & Museum (GCV&M), The Landmark Society of Western New York, and Rochester Housing Development Fund Corporation are celebrating ROC the Day with a series of virtual events. Our nonprofit organizations play a unique role in preserving our region’s diverse housing stock while creating other critical community impacts.

We close out the virtual event series on Monday, 11/29 at 5:30 PM with GCV&M for a behind-the-scenes look at how some of their historic homes made it to the Museum from 11 different counties! Taken apart, hauled on trucks, reassembled like puzzles – hear these incredible stories and learn a bit about the history of the Museum with Curator of Collections, Peter Wisbey. >>Click here to register for the virtual event.

Then, on Tuesday, 11/30, we ask you to support our organizations by making a donation (any amount makes a difference!) through the ROC The Day website.

ROC The Day here on 11/30

Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals!

This holiday weekend only, we’re offering a discount of more than 30% off the regular price of our Park Ave. is Porches tees. Designed and printed locally, on super soft tees, these shirts make a great gift. They come in regular t-shirts (mens and womens sizes) and 3/4 sleeve baseball tees (unisex sizing).

NEW in the Landmark Store: A is for Architrave, B is for Balustrade – Find out what escutcheons, jambless fireplaces, and oriel windows are with this clever alphabet book of architectural elements, brightly illustrated for children and parents of all ages to enjoy. Before you know it, you will be looking for fanlights, balusters, and quoins hiding in your neighborhood. All illustrations are details from real buildings in Albany, New York. No building appears twice! Written and illustrated by Cara Macri.

Tees and book available for local pickup only. T-shirts on sale now through Monday, 11/29 at midnight!

>>Park Ave. is Porches t-shirts – Was $37, now $25!

>>Park Ave. is Porches baseball tee –  Was $35, now 23!

>>A is for Architrave, B is for Balustrade – $12

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Landmark Travels: Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine

April 21 – May 2, 2023

We’ve reserved half the ship for our guests on this exciting travel tour so you will have many friends traveling together to make the trip a joy to experience. Since there are only about 90 cabins on the ship, it will still be intimate and personal. We’re also adding a special, hand-curated 3-day experience in Switzerland for Landmark guests only. They say that the Keukenhof Gardens during tulip season are the most fragrant, colorful gardens in the world, that the Rhine River Gorge is the most spectacular river vista in the world, and that Interlaken Switzerland is the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world. Let’s enjoy discovering the truth together!

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Living Landmarks Episode 2 out now

Episode 2: St. Joseph’s Park

This episode shows the important work of collaborating with partners to save and repurpose a neighborhood landmark that experienced a devastating fire. The story of St. Joseph’s Church and the magical urban park, created from the three remaining church elevations, will delight you with memories from those who have known it now and then.

Living Landmarks is a new video series in which we share our impactful work with the public. Our intention is to convey the present-day vitality of historic (or Living) Landmarks – they are not frozen in the past, they evolve with time.

Episode 2 sponsored by:

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Brainery classes with the YUPs

Classes are held through the Rochester Brainery and registration is available on the Brainery’s website (follow the link below).

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.

12/1, 12/15
Rochester’s Great Architects: Rulemakers and Rulebreakers

Ever wonder who was responsible for designing some of your favorite buildings in Rochester? This class will provide an introduction to the many local architects and their building designs that have shaped the city we all know and love today. Learn about landmarks like City Hall and the Powers Building – some houses too – and expect lots of eye candy visuals, fun facts, and maybe even a bit of historical gossip! In the Rulemakers class, we’ll focus on the 19th- and 20th-century architects who employed a more traditional approach to design. In the Rulebreakers class, we’ll focus on the groundbreaking 19th- and 20th-century architects who pushed the boundaries of traditional design.


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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