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Dear Friend of The Landmark Society,

As we continue to navigate the ongoing uncertainties caused by the pandemic, I am pleased and proud to share with you some of this year’s highlights. I think you will agree, this is an impressive list of accomplishments. As with last year, this year’s Annual Fund takes on greater importance, due to our limited revenue from tours and events. Your support is needed and appreciated, so we may continue the impactful preservation work across western New York.

As you can see, we are making incredibly positive impacts in our region by leveraging our historic resources and our heritage. It is only with your support that this work can be accomplished. I thank you in advance for your generous support of this year’s Annual Fund.


Wayne Goodman
Executive Director


We’ve accomplished an incredible amount of work together.

Fiscal Management:

  • Applied for, and received, support from the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP2).
  • Because of your generous support and the work of our dedicated staff, we finished the fiscal year year in a better position than budgeted.
  • Received quarterly relief through the Employee Retention Credits, which was authorized under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Preservation & Advocacy:

  • We welcomed four new staff members: Megan Klem, Ryan Jarles, Becky Timmons, and Lori Ducharme. We also said farewell to a retiring 45-year veteran staff member—Cynthia Howk, as well as longtime horticulturist, Beverly Gibson.
  • Along with a statewide coalition, we successfully advocated to increase the New York State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit from 20% to 30% of the qualified rehabilitation expenses, for commercial projects under $2.5 million.
  • In partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation &  Historic Preservation, we awarded Round 1 funding (more than $300,000) through our Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization grant program (funded by the National Park Service, with matching funds from the Rochester Area Community Foundation).
  • Completed the final phase of the Rochester Citywide Historic Resources Survey on behalf of the City of Rochester, focusing on 20th century history in the Northeast Quadrant and documenting how past racist policies impacted the development of predominantly white neighborhoods and the subsequent disinvestment in communities of color.
  • Led efforts to create new National Register Historic Districts in the Villages of Avon and Naples.
  • Provided preservation services to the Susan B. Anthony neighborhood, including quarterly workshops and mini grants.
  • Young Urban Preservationists offered 27 classes to over 600 participants, in partnership with the Rochester Brainery, on a range of preservation and architecture-related topics.
  • Assisted homeowners with historic tax credit applications, technical advice, and contractor referrals through our Old House Help program.
  • Secured seed funding for a new Preservation Revolving Loan Fund through the 1772 Foundation and began constructing the framework for this new program.
  • Examined tough questions about the future of the historic preservation movement at the New York Statewide Preservation Conference.
  • Unveiled 2021 Five to Revive.

Programs, Properties, Publications & Tours

  • After pandemic-related delays, the final phase of the Warner Castle  rehabilitation was completed.
  • Unveiled our 2021 Preservation Awards to 19 people, local businesses, and preservation projects.
  • Produced a new video program of “Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors” for classrooms.
  • Developed Facetime Live tours at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site for 4th and 5th graders.
  • Premiered a new, in-person event, The OCtavern Festival at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site. Reserved seatings offered a chance to raise a glass in the oldest extant building in our area, the 216-year-old tavern; an artisan festival on the grounds welcomed the community free of charge.
  • Began a new, short video series, Living Landmarks.
  • Hosted a summer lunchtime concert series at St. Joseph’s Park featuring musicians from Eastman School of Music.
  • Led the 6th Annual LGBTQ Historic Walking Tour featuring properties of significance in the City of Rochester.

Thank you for your support!
From all of us at The Landmark Society, we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.


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

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