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Stop by for our New Volunteer Happy Hour & Open House

We’re having a New Volunteer Happy Hour at Warner Castle on Tuesday, May 31st! We need volunteers to carry out our mission and help make our events a success. Join us from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on May 31st at our headquarters at Warner Castle to meet Landmark staff and learn how you can get involved. Light snacks provided.

No RSVP needed, just drop in anytime between 5-7 PM.

Tuesday, May 31st | 5:00 – 7:00 PM | Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park, Rochester | FREE and open to all!


House & Garden Tour tickets go live this Friday!

The House and Garden Tour returns as a live event! Visit 4 private homes and 3 private gardens in the East Boulevard/Douglas Road area, including the grounds of the Frank Lloyd Wright House! Tickets must be purchased in advance, choose Saturday, June 18th OR Sunday, June 19th. Must have vaccination proof and mask when indoors. Complete details and tickets will be available on our website, this Friday, May 20.


Join us at Ellwanger Garden this weekend

If you missed us at Ellwanger Garden last weekend, there’s still another chance to visit the 19th century garden in all its springtime splendor! The Garden will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 PM this Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22.  This weekend, you’ll see peonies, irises, johnny jump ups, an early heirloom rose, and more!

We will also be open for Rose/Peony weekend June 11 and 12.

Saturday May 21 & Sunday May 22 | 12:00 – 3:00 PM | Ellwanger Garden, 625 Mt. Hope Ave. | Suggested donation $5 | follow signs for off-site parking.

Learn more about the Garden

Landmark Travels: Cazenovia and Skaneateles Summer Day Trip

An intimate Landmark Travels tour that has it all. Join us for a beautiful summer trip to scenic Cazenovia and Skaneateles. Begin the day in historic Cazenovia where we will visit the Stone Quarry Art Park and Hilltop House. Other highlights include lunch at the elegant Lincklaen, Lorenzo State Historic Site, and free time in downtown Skaneateles. Visit our website for complete details!

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Live on the Loop with Hinge Neighbors

All are welcome—Community wide, inclusive event! Presented by our friends at Hinge Neighbors…

We included the Inner Loop North Infill Project in our 2021 Five to Revive to draw attention to the importance of this highway infill project and its potential to begin to right some of the racial inequities that urban renewal projects like the Inner Loop perpetuated. Our friends at Hinge Neighbors have been working alongside residents to advocate for a neighborhood-driven and community-centered approach. We’ll be taking a day to celebrate with them on June 5th!

Hinge Neighbor’s LIVE ON THE LOOP is a community wide event taking place Sunday, June 5, from 12 PM to 3 PM. The event celebrates the upcoming Inner Loop North highway removal and reconnection of Rochester’s 16th ward. The Inner Loop divided this neighborhood
that is now only connected by the Scio Street bridge. With major support from AARP, this event transforms the bridge into a re-imagined neighborhood for a day.

The SCIO STREET BRIDGE will be closed off to traffic and open to pedestrians. Enjoy live music, games, children’s activities, and food trucks. Numerous fruit trees, a lawn, colorful picnic tables and wooden benches will be placed along the bridge. Community health, design, and equity pop-up kiosks will be present.

Event details on Facebook

Genesee Valley Park named one of New York’s “Seven to Save”

This biennial list from the Preservation League of NYS highlights the most at-risk historic places across the state. We were delighted to see that Rochester’s own Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Genesee Valley Park was included in the League’s 2022-23 list. This listing follows an earlier inclusion of the Olmsted-designed  pedestrian bridges of Genesee Valley Park on the 2014 Seven to Save list (and our 2013 Five to Revive).

Genesee Valley Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1890, and it remains a well used and defining community landscape. An original aspect of the park’s design is a woodland buffer that runs from Elmwood Avenue to the Erie Canal next to the University of Rochester. Genesee Valley Park is publicly owned by the City of Rochester, but this stretch of woodland is privately owned by the University. This intact, mature woodland buffer is integral to the scenic quality of the park. Olmsted’s design integrity is under threat by a proposal to clear over an acre and a half to build a warehouse plus another .6-acre paved loading area. The University’s project would result in an irremediable loss of scenic quality from key public viewpoints. If this current proposal does not proceed, the site remains zoned for, and subject to development by the university.

The Willard State Hospital in Romulus, Seneca County was also included in this year’s Seven to Save.

Visit the League’s website to see the full Seven to Save list.

Seven to Save

Architecture in the Wild is back

The Young Urban Preservationists’ popular Architecture in the Wild walking tours are back at the Rochester Brainery. They’ll be offering two classes per month May through October but don’t wait to register because these classes always sell out!

5/25 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring the South Wedge’s Architectural History–SOLD OUT!

6/7 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Lake View Park–SOLD OUT!

6/23 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History–SOLD OUT!

7/11 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s Architectural History–SOLD OUT!

7/27 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring NOTA & East Avenue’s Architectural History–SOLD OUT!

8/9 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History

8/25 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood

9/14 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring the South Wedge’s Architectural History

10/3 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway

10/12 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s Architectural History

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


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

5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620
PHONE: (585) 546-7029 x10 · FAX: (585) 546-4788

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