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Important Update from The Landmark Society

Before we get into this week’s announcements and upcoming events, we’d like to share a statement from our Board of Trustees.

Mary Nicosia, who was, until recently, a member of our Board of Directors, was suspended from the Board on August 12th following allegations regarding a party held at the Nicosia residence. After providing the required notice, as outlined in our organization’s bylaws, a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. (“Landmark Society”) was held on August 30, 2022. At that meeting the Board of Trustees of the Landmark Society voted unanimously to permanently remove Mary Nicosia from our Board of Trustees and any affiliated committees, effective immediately.


Architecture in the Wild - Only 4 Tours Left!

There are only four 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, 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

In these classes, the Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs) take students out onto the streets to explore Rochester’s architectural history in its natural setting. You’ll walk around some of Rochester’s most interesting neighborhoods and learn the names of important architectural styles, basic architectural terminology, and how to approximately date the buildings we see every day.


Inside Downtown Tour - September 9th and 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

Get your tickets here

Celebrate City Living Mini Expo - September 13th

The Celebrate City Living Coalition is hosting a Mini Expo on Tuesday, September 13th from 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Rochester Public Market (280 N. Union St.) If you live in the City of Rochester or are thinking about moving into the City, this is a great opportunity to come chat with housing experts, real estate professionals, and local lenders about housing opportunities in Rochester. Free ice cream will be provided by Netsin’s (while supplies last!), and there will be giveaways from some of our sponsors and expo participants.

Click the link below to learn about home buying, renting, financial readiness, investing in home repairs, and becoming more in touch with neighborhoods and communities through the City Life 2022 Video Series.

Celebrate City Living is supported by Five Star Bank and the City of Rochester.

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Last chance for Early Bird Preservation Conference Registration

Last chance for Early Bird Registration 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.

The Conference room block at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown is now full. Rooms may still be available at regular price. An overflow room block has been reserved at the nearby Jefferson Clinton Hotel. Rooms are available for Wednesday night (9/21) and Thursday night (9/22) at $119/night. To book your stay, call the hotel at 315.425.0500 and mention the “Preservation Conference” room block. Block expires on September 12th.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Register here

Cocktails & Carburetors - Friday, October 7th

The Cocktails & Carburetors Committee has found an exciting new location to hold the Opening Night Party on Friday evening, October 7th – FLX Auto Storage.  FLX Auto Storage, located in Macedon, is a high-end storage facility for vehicles including a social lounge. Founded in 2018 by Jim Swetman as a place that would combine his interest in racing with vehicles storage, there will be a number of vintage vehicles at the facility for the party. The party will have catering by Betty Klein, music by Mystic Stew, a silent auction, and plenty of cocktails and great conversation. Guests are encouraged to drive their collector cars so all attendees can enjoy them in the parking area.

Included in your $95 ticket price will be a tour of private garages on Saturday, October 8th. Take a self-guided tour of several private garages and car collections from 10am to 4pm (a map will be provided to ticketholders at the Friday night party).

This promises to be a very special weekend to view cars that may not normally be accessible and to meet with their owners.  We hope you’ll join us!

Get your tickets here

OCTavern Festival - Saturday, October 15th

A celebration of all things autumnal, the second annual OCTavern Festival, presented by Java’s, will take place at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site in Brighton, New York. On Saturday, October 15th, the house and its 215-year-old rural tavern will host small groups of guests who will enjoy live music, cider, beer, and seasonal fare. We’ll also have a site-wide celebration on the beautiful grounds of the property, with local farmers, food vendors, and craftspeople providing demonstrations and items for purchase. Reservations for seating in the tavern will open on Monday, September 12th. 

We have a couple spots left for food and artisan vendors, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit the link below for more details!

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2022 Technical Assistance Grants

Technical Assistance Grants are available to eligible NYS nonprofits and municipalities. This program provides support for consulting projects that preserve New York State’s cultural and historic resources. The grants will support professional services of architects, engineers, and other design and preservation professionals working with nonprofit groups and municipalities to preserve their buildings, structures, and other resources that serve an arts and/or cultural function. The TAG pre-application deadline is Monday, October 17th, with applications due on Friday, October 21.  An informational webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 7th.

The Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) Program is a partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League of New York State made possible with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, with additional support provided by the Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area / Hudson River Valley Greenway.

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Landmark Travels: Taliesin West & Scottsdale - November 7th-12th

A few spaces are still available for our Small Group Curated Tour to Arizona!  This trip, which will take place Monday, November 7th to Saturday, November 12th, 2022, will balance history, art, iconic structures – and recreation!

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.

Learn more here

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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