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Landmark Alerts

House and Garden Tour Tickets On Sale Now!

The Landmark Society’s House and Garden Tour heads to the Highland Park neighborhood June 8th and 9th! Tickets are now available on our website.

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.  The neighborhood has many examples of beautifully maintained homes that retain the details of an earlier era. Craftmanship is evident throughout, from the simple cottages originally home to nursery laborers, to larger, more embellished Tudor-style homes to craftsman and bungalow styles. The Classic American Foursquare is a dominant house style, many with chestnut, oak or gumwood interior detail and a signature front porch. These front porches, together with proximate sidewalks and a walking culture, create a delightful environment of neighbors on front porches chatting with neighbors walking by.

Join the walking culture of the Highland Park Neighborhood on this exciting tour!

Learn More and Get Tickets

Ellwanger Garden Open Weekends

Ellwanger Garden has several open weekends starting this Saturday! 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. Look for signs directing to nearby off-site parking. A $5 donation per person is appreciated to help maintain this historic landscape.

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Last Call for Preservation Awards Nominations

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

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 cboyer@landmarksociety.org 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: lfrancer@landmarksociety.org, (585) 537-5954.

More info about Landmark Travels

Spring Classes and Tours with Rochester Brainery

Have you signed up for any of our spring classes with Rochester Brainery? Up next we have our first Architecture in the Wild session of the season, focusing on Maplewood’s Lake View Park. Get your tickets now at the link below!

Rochester’s Great Architects classes take place at Warner Castle!

Learn more and register

Donate to Our Annual Fund

As prices continue to soar in nearly every aspect of life—from groceries to transportation to housing—it seems inflation has impacted everything and everyone. Did you know that for nonprofit organizations, inflation hits especially hard? One of the immediate effects of inflation on nonprofits is the rise in operating costs. This includes services, goods and supplies, insurance, programming, and facility expenses, all placing a strain on a very limited budget.

Despite returning to a full calendar of events, we continue to experience lower attendance when compared to pre-Covid levels. This loss of revenue and inflation magnifies the importance of this year’s Annual Fund. Our staff team has worked on many fronts, broadening our community preservation efforts and advocacy, and reaching more people through our programming. To meet the high demand for our services, we need your monetary support through a gift to our Annual Fund. It’s not too late! Our fiscal year ends June 30th, 2024.

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Upcoming Events

May 11 and 12: Ellwanger Garden Open Weekend

May 15: Deadline to submit nominations for 2024 Preservation Awards

May 18 and 19: Ellwanger Garden Open Weekend

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 1 and 2: Rose and Peony Weekend at Ellwanger Garden

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

June 8-9: House and Garden Tour 2024

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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