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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

GVRR grant webinar Thursday

In partnership with the NYS Office of the Governor and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Round 2 grant applications are available.

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.

Follow the link below to learn more and register for informational webinar taking place this Thursday, December 9th at 6:30 PM (a second webinar will be offered 1/24). Grant applications will be due March 31, 2022.

Register for webinar

Learn how to glaze your historic windows this Saturday!

How to Putty a Window – Saturday, December 11th
Limited capacity

Fifty years ago, almost every painter, carpenter, and homeowner knew how to putty (glaze) a window. Today this relatively simple task is usually done by painters but is often neglected as more and more windows are replaced.

Led by noted window specialist and author of The Window Sash Bible, Steve Jordan, this short workshop will introduce the materials and tools needed to glaze a window, including traditional oil-based and water-based materials as-well-as quick-drying shop-specific products. We will demonstrate how to remove old putty, spot glaze, and replace broken panes of glass. Safe measures for working with lead paint and putty will be part of the tutorial.

Saturday, December 11th | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | Stone-Tolan Historic Site, 2370 East Avenue | Cost: $30


Join us for our virtual Awards ceremony

The Landmark Society’s highly anticipated Annual Awards Ceremony will be a live virtual Zoom event this Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 PM. Awards will be presented to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area that have made outstanding efforts in the preservation.


Upcoming 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).

Rochester’s Great Architects: 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 Rulebreakers class, we’ll focus on the groundbreaking 19th- and 20th-century architects who pushed the boundaries of traditional design.

Old House Interior Design: Common old house pitfalls and material sourcing

The final installment in this 3-part series is coming up in January!

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! In the final class, we’ll go over typical old house design struggles and how to deal with them. Plus, sourcing tips for reproduction items, antiques, lighting fixtures and materials.

2/1, 2/15
Crash Course in American Architectural History

Love old buildings but have no idea what you’re looking at? In this class, students will get the rundown of American architectural styles from the Colonial era through the 19th century (in class 1) and through the 20th century (in class 2), with a focus on local and regional examples. Learn the names of important architectural styles common in the northeast; some basic architectural terminology; and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day.


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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