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Landmark Alerts

Nomination Deadline Extended for 2024 Preservation Awards

The Landmark Society Awards Committee has extended the deadline and will be accepting nominations for the 2024 Preservation Awards program through May 15th. Each fall, The Landmark Society presents awards to projects, individuals, and organizations who, through their dedication and hard work, have contributed to historic preservation in our nine-county area.

Eligible nominees can include:

  • Committed historic preservation advocates and educators.
  • Self-taught homeowners devoting blood, sweat, and tears to an older house.
  • Beautifully preserved residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, or religious buildings.
  • Remarkable restoration projects.
  • Transformative adaptive reuse, where an old building has been given new life with a use other than its original one, while maintaining the historic character and details.
  • Historic landscapes, including gardens, stone walls, farms, parks, or the grounds of a house.
  • Small businesses occupying historic properties, whether they’re new owners or long-time operations.
  • Tradespeople practicing a historic architectural craft or skill, such as masonry, carpentry, or window repair.
  • Yourself or your preservation project. Self-nominations are encouraged and appreciated. You should be proud of what you have accomplished.

The Landmark Society serves a 9-county area (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties). If your project is in Western New York but outside The Landmark Society’s service area, we encourage you to find out whether there is a local or regional preservation organization with an awards program to apply to. Otherwise, please feel free to apply to ours!

Please submit your nomination by Wednesday, May 15, 2024 (an online form and a downloadable PDF are available).

More info about the Awards program

NY Statewide Preservation Conference Recap

The 2024 NY Statewide Preservation Conference, presented by Rochester Colonial, was a great success! This year’s Conference returned to Rochester and took place at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG). Participants enjoyed walking tours, workshops, presentations, exhibitors, and opportunities for discussion.

Attendees also enjoyed a variety of presentations and had opportunities to tour spaces such as the Little Theatre, Rochester Colonial Wood Shop, and Lilac Library. On Tuesday, Keynote Speaker Nakita Reed, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BDC, NOMA, gave a thought-provoking presentation exploring the intersections of preservation, sustainability, and equity.

For the first time, the Preservation Conference included the New York State Preservation Awards presented by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Eleven awards were presented to projects and individuals, honoring excellence in the preservation and revitalization of New York State’s historic and cultural resources.

We would like to offer our gratitude to our Conference partners, speakers, sponsors, attendees, staff, and volunteers. Hope to see you all in 2025!

Save the Date for the 2025 NY Statewide Preservation Conference, to be held in early May in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Learn more about the New York State Preservation Awards

Ellwanger Garden Open Weekends

Ellwanger Garden has several open weekends coming up! May 11th & 12th and May 18th & 19th, the site will be open from 12-noon to 3pm for the Lilac Festival. Then on June 1st & 2nd the garden is open for a special Peony and Rose Weekend. Stop by to enjoy dozens of old fashioned roses and extravagant peonies!

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2024 House and Garden Tour to Feature Highland Park Neighborhood

The Landmark Society’s House and Garden Tour heads to the Highland Park neighborhood June 8th and 9th! This area is well known for its renowned parkland, punctuated with notable buildings, and more tightly knit early 20th century streets along the district’s fringes.  These fascinating “fringes” will be a major feature of the 2024 tour.

More information coming soon, tickets will be available for sale in early May.

Learn more soon!

Landmark Travels

Run away with us!  Join Landmark Travels for our summer or fall Day Trips to unique sights – Buffalo: From the Waterfront to the 28th Floor (July 16th, architectural masterworks, City Hall and the waterfront,) Roycroft and Rails (August 24th, East Aurora and a whiskey train ride), Auburn in Autumn (October 17th, Tubman and Seward and more!) There’s something to choose for everyone. Or – treat yourself and choose them all!

A registration form is now available for the Buffalo trip here and Roycroft and Rails here. Contact Cindy Boyer at or (585) 537-5953 if you’re interested in any of the others, and keep an eye on our website for more details.

We also still have spaces available for our Prague and Danube Explorer Cruise! See the full brochure and pricing as well as the registration form for this magnificent trip here. Contact Larry Francer for more info:, (585) 537-5954.

More info about Landmark Travels

Cobblestone Museum Masonry Workshop

The Cobblestone Museum is holding a hands-on Historic Masonry Workshop presented by Brian Daddis Masonry at the Thompson-Kast Visitors Center. It will be held on Saturday, May 18th from 9am to 4pm.

The full day workshop will focus on maintaining a historic masonry structure. Topics will include the importance of using lime mortar when reconditioning historic masonry structures, with a hands-on demonstration involving repointing a stone foundation, repointing brick, extracting and replacing bricks, and composite patching of bricks. The cost for the full day workshop (including lunch) is $90 for Cobblestone Society members and $100 for all others.

Learn more and register

Spring Classes and Tours with Rochester Brainery

Have you signed up for any of our spring classes with Rochester Brainery? We just added two more classes in May, and will be starting our popular “Architecture in the Wild” walking tour classes in June!

All classes (except “Architecture in the Wild” tours) take place at Warner Castle (5 Castle Park in Rochester).

Learn more and register

Upcoming Events

April 22 – May 2: Landmark Travels: Arte Cuba (SOLD OUT)

April 29: “Crash Course in American Architectural History: 19th Century” class with Rochester Brainery

May 6: “Crash Course in American Architectural History: 20th Century” class with Rochester Brainery

May 15: Deadline to submit nominations for 2024 Preservation Awards

May 23: “Rochester’s Great Architects: The Rulemakers” class with Rochester Brainery

May 30: “Rochester’s Great Architects: The Rulebreakers” class with Rochester Brainery

June 5: “Architecture in the Wild” Exploring Upper Monroe” class with Rochester Brainery

June 8-9: House and Garden Tour 2024

September 29 – October 11: Landmark Travels: Danube Explorer River Cruise and Prague

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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