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Preservation Awards & Annual Meeting - Sunday, November 12th

The Landmark Society’s 2023 Preservation Awards and Annual Meeting will take place at the Rochester Academy of Medicine on Sunday, November 12th at 3:00pm. This year’s awards will honor individuals and organizations in our nine-county area that have made outstanding efforts in the field of preservation. The event will begin with a brief business meeting and will include light refreshments. Landmark Society members are encouraged to attend. Non-members are welcome!

Learn about our program and past recipients

Annual Jubilee - Friday, December 1st

This year’s Landmark Society Annual Jubilee will take place at Rochester’s only Boutique Urban Inn, The Inn on Broadway, located at 26 Broadway on Friday, December 1st, 6pm.

Designed by architect Leon Stern, The Inn on Broadway was originally built in 1929 as the third location for the University Club of Rochester. The building has since been beautifully restored into the Inn as it stands today. A 25-room Urban Inn where modern luxury meets historic charm is surely a tribute to the city’s prestigious history that exudes the glamour and grandeur of the Flower City.

As in past years, the Jubilee will offer an assortment of silent auction experiences to bid on, hors d’ oeuvres, plated dinner and dessert provided by Tournedos, which has become Rochester’s premier steakhouse. The evening’s live musical entertainment will feature The Bob Sneider Trio with accomplished guest flutist and Landmark Society Trustee, Tim Forster, and world class singer Madeline Forster.

Don’t miss this special event to celebrate with us!

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Leslie Feinberg, Firebrand Books, and the “Place of Place” in LGBTQ History - Thursday, October 12th

The following event is sponsored by the UB Gender Institute and the University at Buffalo Archives.

Historian and Landmark Society preservation planner Dr. Jeff Iovannone will discuss his award-winning, GIS-based exhibit Leslie Feinberg’s Buffalo: Historic Sites in Stone Butch Blues in the context of what he refers to as the “place of place,” or the role and importance of place and place-making, in U.S. LGBTQ history. The talk will highlight sites represented in transgender lesbian writer and activist Leslie Feinberg’s multiple award-winning novel Stone Butch Blues connected to the University at Buffalo, as well as the Firebrand Books Building in Ithaca, New York, as representative examples. Iovannone argues that preservationists have an imperative to conserve both LGBTQ places and spaces and will offer strategies that move from theory to practice, including when place and space are contested.

The event will take place at The Screening Room, Center for the Arts (880 Alberta Dr, Buffalo, NY 14226) and on Zoom.  It is free and open to the public.

Learn more and register

Submit your projects and ideas for the 2024 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! The Conference will take place in person in Rochester, NY, Spring 2024 (stay tuned for dates!)

Session proposals should address a broad range of preservation-related topics from project case studies and technical services to uncovered histories and the future of the field. Sessions can be a combination of presentations, short films, Q&A sessions, panel discussions, and guided neighborhood tours and/or building tours.


  • We accept and encourage proposals on all topics related to historic preservation.
  • Sessions that include diverse panelists/speakers, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, and youth will receive priority consideration.
  • All panels should represent diverse perspectives and lived experiences.
  • Topics that address historically marginalized communities and current issues regarding social justice and equity as they relate to historic preservation (i.e. gentrification, intangible heritage, non-traditional or new preservation practices) will receive priority consideration.

You do not need to be a preservation professional to share your story. Whether you are a grassroots community activist, an urban planner, a non-profit organization, an architect, a neighborhood group, a developer, property owner, or a municipality, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a diverse range of topics that include everything from neighborhood advocacy and small town revitalization to complex tax credit rehab projects and place-based event planning.

Proposals are due by Monday, October 16th at 11:59pm.

The NY Statewide Preservation Conference is presented by: The Landmark Society of Western New York; City of Rochester; The Preservation League of New York State; and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Session Proposal Application

Get your Ghost Walk tickets while you can!

Don’t hesitate – almost half of the timeslots are already sold out!

The Landmark Society’s Ghost Walk is a nighttime guided walking tour. Follow lantern-bearing guides down the dark streets of a historic neighborhood, and encounter ghosts from Rochester’s past – each with a true historic (and sometimes gory) event to relate!

All tours start at the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word at the corner of East Avenue and Goodman Street. The tour is about an hour, with groups leaving every fifteen minutes between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM on Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st.

Advance tickets ($22) are strongly encouraged, to give you best choice of tour times and avoid a lengthy wait at the event. Online ticket sales will close at 1 pm on each tour day, however a limited number of tickets will be available for all tours at the door on a first come, first served basis, for $25.

All sales are final, with no refunds or tour time exchanges. Tour will proceed regardless or weather, “rain or shine”. The tour is recommended for children 8 and up.

Bringing a group of 10 or more? Inquire about group reservations at

See available timeslots and get tickets

Join us for a YUPventure hike and afternoon in Naples

The YUPs are going on a (rescheduled) adventure on Saturday, October 28th! We’ll start the day off with a moderate 2-3 mile hike in the Wesley Hill Nature Preserve to the Wenrich Cabin. The cabin was built by nationally known artist John Wenrich in 1926 as a place of respite and contemplation. For years, the cabin has sat unused and unmaintained. The Landmark Society included it in our 2023 Five to Revive list to draw attention to this rapidly deteriorating but magical place.

After the hike, we’ll head into town for behind-the-scenes tours of two Naples landmarks: the 1794 Federal style Cleveland House (operated by the Naples Historical Society) and the 1965 St. Januarius Church, designed by James Johnson (architect of the famed Mushroom House).

We’ll cap off the day with a few drinks at Engine 14 Brewery.

Cost is $12.51 per person, and space is limited.  All ages are welcome. Check the link below for a detailed itinerary and FAQ.

This is going to be a fun, casual adventure with several members of the Young Urban Preservationists, (YUPs for short).  We are an affiliate group of The Landmark Society, are an emerging generation of preservationists in the greater Rochester region dedicated to promoting inclusive, modern, and innovative preservation practices to help revitalize communities and our built environment.  Please spread the word if you know someone that might be interested!

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Only TWO more chances to explore Architecture in the Wild

There are only two more Architecture in the Wild classes with the YUPs and Rochester Brainery left this season!  Our fall schedule includes an encore of our popular downtown class, plus a brand new one:

  • Saturday, October 7th: Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s East Side
  • Saturday, October 14th: Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s West Side

In these classes, you’ll learn the names of important architectural styles, basic architectural terminology, and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day in Rochester. Classes tend to sell out, so be sure to register so you don’t have to wait until spring to impress your friends with all your new building lingo!

Learn more and register

Landmark Travels - Prague & Danube Cruise, Cuba, and Brandywine Valley

Dreaming of a getaway?  Landmark Travels has three trips open for reservations!

Brandywine Valley and Longwood Christmas – December 5-8, 2023
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. Ppricing starting at $2,060 per person (member, double occupancy).

Arte Cuba – April 22 – May 2, 2024
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). Pricing starting at $5,615 per person (member, double occupancy).

Prague and Danube River Cruise – Fall 2024
This tour that includes a 2-night stay in Prague before joining a 9-night Danube River Cruise. We will only be taking 30 guests on this exciting tour of the three architectural gems of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. Our guests will experience an exclusive pre-cruise tour of Prague where we will meet Landmark friends, the Becan family – Frank, Hanna, Martin, Marketa, and their two girls. Our home base will be the elegant Hotel Pariz Prague and highlights will be a visit to the historic town of Kutna Hora and a magnificent view of Old Town Square and the Astronomical clock during a rooftop dinner at the Hotel U Prince. Then we will transfer to our Emerald Cruise Star Ship to embark on a first class cruise down the Danube River with beautiful staterooms, gourmet meals, and an indoor pool. We will visit the charming towns and villages of Passau, Germany; Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; Linz, Melk, and Weissenkirchen, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia. There will be numerous excursions, hiking opportunities, and cultural activities, including a Landmark guest meet and greet with acclaimed actress, Sona MacDonald.


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Upcoming Events

October 7th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s East Side

October 14th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s West Side

October 20th & 21st: Ghost Walk Returns!

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

December 1st: Annual Jubilee

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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