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Landmark Alerts

Frank Lloyd Wright Boynton House Tour - September 30th

A very special event is coming: a tour of the privately owned Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Boynton House in Rochester NY! This one-hour guided tour will bring you into one of Wright’s most iconic designs on Saturday, September 30th. This is a rare opportunity, and we expect demand to be high. To give everyone a chance, ticket sales will be by lottery. From August 18th through 25th you visit our website to enter your name and email address. After August 25th, names drawn will be notified and sent a code to purchase their $60 tickets. All tickets will be by advance sale and online only.

Learn more and enter the lottery

Inside Downtown Tour - September 8th & 9th

Every year, The Landmark Society’s Inside Downtown Tour opens up urban environments where folks are creating exciting spaces to live and work in Rochester: we visit re-purposed spaces, renovated homes, lovingly preserved places, and newly built sites that are designed with sensitivity to the overall built environment.

This year’s Inside Downtown Tour will feature sites from the Four Corners area to The Liberty Pole in downtown Rochester. We get you “inside” the latest trends of downtown living and work spaces, with visits to repurposed buildings, new construction sensitively designed to enhance the streetscape, and Rochester’s most famous landmark.

Learn more and get your tickets

Cocktails & Carburetors - September 22nd & 23rd

Do you have your Cocktails & Carburetors tickets yet? The annual event is returning to FLX Auto Storage for the Cocktails & Carburetors Opening Night Party on Friday, September 22nd from 5pm to 8pm. FLX Auto Storage, located at 384 East Ave 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 ticket price will be a tour of private garages on Saturday. 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). Tickets are $95 and are available on our website.

Learn more and purchase tickets

NAPC Virtual Summer Short Course - August 23rd & 24th

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC)’s Virtual Summer Short Course is a two-day online training aimed towards those working and volunteering in local preservation programs. Topics for this year include historic preservation funds, property owner outreach, demolition by neglect, resilience planning, small-scale development in historic areas, and much more. Nine sessions will be held over two days, and training is eligible for 11 continuing education credit hours, inclduing AIA/AICP credit. Sessions can be enjoyed live or on-demand.

Learn more and register

Preserving Black Churches Grant Deadline - August 23rd

From the National Trust for Historic Preservation:

Preserving Black Churches is a project of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Annual grants from Preserving Black Churches are intended to preserve historic Black houses of worship—either with active congregations and non-active congregations—and advance ongoing preservation activities while strengthening capacity for historic congregations, and preservation and community organizations to steward, manage, and better utilize their historic structures.

Grants from Preserving Black Churches will range from $50,000 to $200,000. Applicants may apply for one of five categories: Capital Project, Endowment and Financial Sustainability, Organizational Capacity and Operations, Programming and Interpretation, or Project Planning. Eligible applicants include Historic Black Churches, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.

The deadline to apply for this grant is Wednesday, August 23rd.

Learn more and apply

Landmark Travels - Arte Cuba in 2024 and Brandywine Valley in 2023

The Landmark Society is excited that we are finally going back to the beautiful island of Cuba for an 11 day Landmark Travels tour. We have a wonderful trip planned that highlights the arts and coincides with the Havana International Art Biennial. We will be staying in Havana, Cienfuegos, and Varadero, with visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Architecture, music, art, and great food in the company of Landmark friends (old or new). Dates are April 22nd to May 2nd, 2024, with pricing starting at $5,615 per person (member, double occupancy).

Registration has also opened for our Brandywine Valley and Longwood Christmas trip this December. We’ll enjoy 4 days of special holiday exhibits, expansive historic homes, and art museums in the historic Brandywine Valley, which traverses southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. The highlight, of course, is Longwood Gardens, with its massive greenhouses and over 500,000 incredible holiday lights. Dates are December 5th to December 8th, 2023, with pricing starting at $2,060 per person (member, double occupancy).

Don’t forget, there are still spots available on our Gems of Eastern Europe cruise on the Eastern Danube in October. Join us for a 12-day trip (October 4-15, 2023) aboard a luxurious Emerald Cruises StarShip.  Visit five distinctive countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with expert guides and personal attention. Rates for the Gems of Eastern Europe tour start at $6,645 per person, depending on cabin selected.

And stay tuned – we have additional trips in the planning stages, including a return to the ever-popular Modernism Week in Palm Springs, California in February 2024.

More information

Upcoming Events

August 23rd: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring The Inner Loop Leftovers” (SOLD OUT)

September 8th & 9th: 2023 Inside Downtown Tour

September 22nd: 2023 Cocktails & Carburetors

September 22nd: Boynton House Tour

September 24th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood

October 20th & 21st: Ghost Walk Returns!  (stay tuned for details)

November 12th: 2023 Landmark Society Preservation Awards and Annual Meeting

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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