2022-08-16 Landmark Alerts

A quick note: We know this isn’t the format you’re used to seeing our Landmark Alerts in.  We’ve been having some website issues and hope to have them resolved soon! In the meantime, check out all that we have going on the next couple of months! Mark your calendars for Cocktails & Carburetors on October 7th & 8th, and OCTavern on October 15th.  More info about both of these upcoming events in our next Alert!

Inside downtown tour - september 9th & 10th

We’re back – live and in-person! Tour loft apartments and work spaces including Woodbury Lofts, Residences at Alex Park, VIDA, several floors of Innovation Square, and more!  Advance sale tickets are $24 for members and $29 for nonmembers. Day-of tickets (if available) will be $35 per person. Your ticket is good both Friday night and Saturday afternoon.

Thank you to our honorary chairs, Randy & Dan Morgenstern

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Landmark Travels: Taliesin West & Scottsdale

Travel with us to Arizona for a trip balancing history, art, iconic structures – and recreation!  This Landmark Travels Small Group Curated Tour is Monday, November 7th to Saturday, November 12th, 2022.

Taliesin West is the star attraction – Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved home and winter laboratory. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our visit to Scottsdale coincides with “Canal Convergence,” a nighttime week-long installation of site-specific light art, performances, workshops, and more. The trip will also include a visit to Arcosanti, a projected experimental town started in 1970 by Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri; a tour of the unique architecture and red rock formations of Sedona; and a tour of the 1929 Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Pricing is $4,099 per person, double occupancy. Add $615 for single occupancy, $300 for nonmember. As a Small Group Curated Tour, this trip is limited in size. To insure you get a place on the tour, please secure your spot by calling with a credit card deposit at (585) 537-5952.

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Early Bird Registration for the Conference is Open!

It’s time to register for the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! The Conference will take place in person in Syracuse, NY, September 22-24. Early Bird Registration is open through September 3rd.

The theme for 2022 is Shifting Landscapes. Whether due to a pandemic, climate change, the economy, or an unpredictable real estate market, as preservationists we are always adapting our work as the landscape shifts beneath our feet. At this year’s Conference, we’ll explore the shifting practice and definition of historic preservation, both as a professional field and grassroots movement. We’ll also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, and explore the role that cultural landscapes play in fostering equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our communities.

We hope you’ll join us and be a part of the conversation!

This year’s Conference is presented by: The Landmark Society of Western New York; Preservation Association of Central New York; City of Syracuse; The Preservation League of New York State; and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Register for the Conference here

Conference Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

We’re excited to announce that the Keynote Speaker at this year’s NY Statewide Preservation Conference is Robin Wall Kimmerer; a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

Dr. Kimmerer will be interviewed by Ansley Jemison, Cultural Liaison at Ganondagan State Historic Site through the Natural Heritage Trust of New York State. Ansley is a member of the Seneca Nation Wolf Clan from the Seneca Allegany territory of Western New York. A book signing will follow this year’s Keynote, which will take place on Friday, September 23rd at 5:00pm. A limited number of registrations are available for anyone that would like to attend only the Keynote and the Preservation Partners Party on Friday evening.   

This year’s Conference Keynote is presented by: Carmina Wood Design.

Register for the Conference here

New Episode of Living Landmarks - Epworth Hall

A new episode of Living Landmarks, our video series hosted by Shawn Dunwoody and highlighting historic preservation across our region is now available!  In this episode we look at a project that Landmark is involved with – Epworth Hall. Located in the Silver Lake Institute, Perry, NY, this project ticks off all the boxes- it was listed on our Five to Revive, received funding from our GVRR grant, has a wonderful partnership with the creative, thriving, rural village of Perry, and has a strong volunteer base to advocate for it. With a rich history and beautiful architecture, it is a living landmark that deserves your attention. 

The Epworth Hall episode of Living Landmarks was sponsored by an anonymous donor. Thank you!

Watch the Living Landmarks videos here.

Architecture in the Wild - 5 Walking Tours Left!

There are five more walking tours left in our Architecture in the Wild series with Rochester Brainery and Young Urban Preservationists.  Our September 14th tour of the South Wedge is sold out, but there is still room in the following classes:

  • Thursday, August 25th: Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood
  • Thursday, September 8th: Exploring the 19th Ward’s Architectural History
  • Monday, October 3rd: Exploring Maplewood’s Lake View Park
  • Wednesday, October 12th: Exploring Downtown’s Architectural History

Sign up for Brainery classes here

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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