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Call for Conference session proposals

Submit your projects and ideas for the 2022 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! The Conference will take place in person in Syracuse, NY, September 22-24.

Priority topics for 2022 will fall under the broad concept of this year’s theme: Shifting Landscapes. Priorities include:

  • Topics that address all types of cultural/historic landscapes, including the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted.
  • Topics that address how cultural landscapes and/or preservation can encourage equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our communities.
  • Topics that address the shifting landscapes (whether due to COVID-19, climate change, real estate markets, the economy, etc.) in which we practice preservation.
  • Topics that address the shifting nature, definition, expanded audiences, and practice of historic preservation, both as a professional field and grassroots movement.

You do not need to be a preservation professional to share your story. Whether you are a grassroots community activist, an urban planner, a non-profit organization, an architect, a neighborhood group, a developer, property owner, or a municipality, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a diverse range of topics that include everything from neighborhood advocacy and small town revitalization to complex tax credit rehab projects and place-based event planning.

Proposals are due by Monday, April 11th at midnight.

Submit your session proposal

TONIGHT: Architecture in Film & Media

Architecture in Film & Media: Building the Future

The mid-twentieth century brought an era of change and innovation in most aspects of the world, from the 1950s with cake mix, transistor radios, lasers, car seat belts, and tape recorders; to the 1970s with lava lamps, the early internet, and putting a man on the moon. There were also new and amazing ideas about what cities and architecture would look like in the future. This class will review parallel development of the Modern City and contemporary media technologies that inspired representations of architecture through photography, cinema, television, and more. Focusing on the cultural forces that shaped the relationship between cities and media, we will also analyze the psychological and sociological effects media has on our perception and understanding of architecture.

The Rocks that Built Rochester

It’s not an accident that 90% of the country’s cobblestone structures are located within 75 miles of Rochester. From cobblestones to picturesque cemeteries and stately red sandstone civic buildings to old mills, our area’s unique architectural heritage is, in part, a reflection of its singular geological history. Ancient shallow seas and more recent Ice Age glaciers have supplied local architects with a palette of materials and landscapes they have used to form communities over time, making buildings and public places an ongoing dialogue between the natural and human worlds. In this class, students will eavesdrop on that dialogue, linking some of the most treasured landmarks with the ancient geologic processes that made them possible and still continue to influence their preservation today.

May Architecture in the Wild walking tour classes are live as well! Hurry–these always sell out.

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

Photo: Mechanix Illustrated Magazine, ca. 1950 


Landmark Travels: upcoming travel tours

Registration is open and spots are filling up for two new travel tours:

Landmark Travels: Las Vegas, Architecture of ALL Sorts
October 17-22, 2022

Landmark Travels: Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine
April 21 – May 2, 2023

Registration will open soon for Niagara-on-the_lake: Sip, Savour, and Stroll, August 13-15, 2022.

Learn more

GVRR grant deadline 3/31

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 view recorded webinars. Grant applications are due March 31, 2022.

GVRR details

Nominations open for 2022 awards

We are now seeking nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards. Award suggestions are welcome from Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

More info

News from our colleagues at the Preservation League of NYS

Preserve NY grant applications available

The New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League are pleased to offer the Preserve NY grant program. Applications for the 2022 cycle are April 15th. A pre-application is required and an informational webinar will be held this coming Monday, January 31.

Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Applicants must be a unit of local government or a nonprofit group with tax-exempt status.

Learn more about Preserve NY

Call for Seven to Save nominations

Our colleagues at the Preservation League of New York State have opened nominations for their 2022-2023 Seven to Save list. The Preservation League has been helping New York State communities retain and reuse threatened sites through its Seven to Save Endangered Sites Program since 1999. Building on partnerships with groups and individuals, Seven to Save listing has been a key catalyst to the successful revival of dozens of buildings, landscapes, downtowns, and neighborhoods endangered by threats such as lack of regulatory protections, neglect, imminent demolition, and incompatible development.

This Call for Nominations will result in the listing of seven at-risk sites, which will receive enhanced attention from the Preservation League throughout 2022-2023. The League encourages applications reflecting the cultural and economic diversity of our state and its history, as well as its extraordinary heritage of architecture and design reflected in all property types.

Learn more about Seven to Save

Preserve NY grant

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

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