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Don't forget to submit your nominations for the 2023 Preservation Awards!

Nominations for The Landmark Society’s 2023 Preservation Awards program are now open through Monday, May 1st, 2023.  Our annual awards honor preservation advocates (individuals and organizations); practitioners of the traditional trades; adaptive reuse and rehabilitation projects; buildings; landscapes; and stewardship of historic properties. Past awardees include local, regional, and national preservation advocates; small businesses; commercial and religious buildings; houses and homeowners; monuments and statues; parks and gardens; craftspeople in a wide variety of disciplines; and more!  We welcome nominations from Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.  You may even nominate yourself or a preservation project you’ve been involved with (self-nominations are encouraged!)

The Landmark Society provides awards in up to eleven categories each year.  Visit the link below to learn more about each category.  Please keep in mind that you do not have to nominate a person or project for a specific award – the Preservation Awards Committee will review each nomination and determine which category is appropriate.

If you have any questions about the Preservation Awards program, please contact Becky Timmons at or (585) 537-5962.

Submit your nomination!

Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express are launching the Backing Historic Small Restaurants Grant Program to help restaurants address critical needs amid ongoing economic challenges. The program is looking for a small or independently-owned restaurant located in a historic or older building or neighborhood that contributes to the history and/or identity of the surrounding community or neighborhood; tells an inclusive story about cuisine and community in America; has a compelling and inspiring narrative or cultural significance; and has been disproportionately impacted by economic challenges, disasters, or other hardships.  Nominations will be accepted through March 12th at the link below.



Nominate a Restaurant

Early Bird Registration for the 2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

Less than two weeks left to secure Early Bird registration pricing for the 2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference!

Join us lakeside in 2023, in the small Finger Lakes City of Auburn! At this year’s Conference, we’re going Back to Basics, exploring some of the programs and topics that are foundational to historic preservation. You’ll still get the challenging and progressive preservation content that you know and love—with a focus on a few key topics: preservation in small upstate cities, the Main Street model, preparing for New York State’s upcoming anniversaries, and the intersection of preservation and affordable housing.

With a more compact schedule (we’ll have one set of sessions with all attendees in one big room) and enhanced opportunities to pose your questions, this year’s event is designed to be a convening of grassroots and professional preservationists from across the state. Your voice and perspective will be an essential part of the conversation.


Register here

Join us in exploring the Gems of Eastern Europe this fall!

There are still airfare deals available for our upcoming Gems of Eastern Europe cruise on the Eastern Danube!  Join us for a 12-day trip (October 4-15, 2023) aboard a luxurious Emerald Waterways StarShip.  Visit five distinctive countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with expert guides and personal attention.  Rates start at $6,645 per person, depending on cabin selected.

More information

Architectural History Classes with Rochester Brainery

Looking to expand your knowledge of architecture and Rochester’s built environment? We have three upcoming classes with Rochester Brainery that will help you do just that!

Are you into rocks?  So were the builders of many of the most beloved structures in Western New York.  Learn more in “The Rocks That Built Rochester” on March 27th.

Can’t wait for spring?  Register for the April 24th class, “Landscape Architects of Rochester,” for an introduction to the lives and works of the designers who shaped the parks, public spaces, gardens, and neighborhoods of the greater Rochester region.

Interested in the local architects that shaped the City of Rochester (with plenty of visual eye candy, fun facts, and a bit of historical gossip)? Then “Rochester’s Great Architects: The Rulemakers” is the class for you. We’ll focus on the 19th- and 20th- century architects that employed a more traditional approach to design.

Your instructors for all of these classes are the engaging and enthusiastic members of the Young Urban Preservationists, an affiliate group of The Landmark Society.

Register here!

Upcoming Events

March 27th: Rochester Brainery Class: “The Rocks That Built Rochester

April 13th-15th: 2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference in Auburn

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

April 24th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Landscape Architects of Rochester

May 13th & 14th / May 20th and 21st: Ellwanger Open Garden Days (Lilac Festival weekends)

May 18th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Rochester’s Great Architects: The Rulemakers

June 10th & 11th: 2023 House & Garden Tour (Saturday & Sunday – more info coming soon!)

Full Events Calendar

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

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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