March 12, 2013 Landmark Alerts

Conference Registration Now Open!


Innovative, creative preservation and revitalization tools are helping communities across New York State thrive. Learn more at Outside the Box: Innovative Preservation Practices for the 21st Century, the 2013 Preservation Conference, a collaboration of The Landmark Society of Western New York and the Preservation League of New York State. The Conference is set for April 19-20 and will be hosted by the Village of Brockport and The College at Brockport.

Top preservation and planning professionals and committed community leaders reveal the secrets to making the most of historic homeowner tax credits, successful advocacy, and resourceful community planning through informational workshops, case studies, and success stories. Property owners, planners, municipal officials, and community advocates will appreciate sessions that will enable them to put these innovative preservation practices to work for them.

>>Visit our website for registration and complete details.

The 2013 Preservation Conference is presented by Rochester Colonial Manufacturing, with generous support from the Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation.

Rochester Free Academy Transformed

FreeAcademyIf you haven’t noticed, the Rochester Free Academy, located at 13 South Fitzhugh Street in downtown Rochester, is transforming – and that transformation is welcomed, appreciated and long-awaited. Owner/real estate developer George Traikos has put together a unique development plan that includes a diverse investment portfolio, which among other incentives, includes historic rehabilitation tax credits. The project is a prime example of how historic preservation’s benefits are multifaceted. The building is now ready for lease. Click here to learn more about this exciting project.

Engineering Report Finds 660 W. Main Street Church Building Is Structurally Sound


The vacant church building at 660 W. Main St. is structurally sound according to a recent analysis and report by a structural engineer. The study, done by Jensen BRV Engineering, PLLC was funded by a $1500 Preservation Grant awarded to the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association by The Landmark Society and was done with the permission of the building owner. This is a first step in the full consideration and evaluation of reuse potential for the building. Adapting and rehabbing the former church to a new use will encourage the revitalization that is occurring on West Main in the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood to spread west toward 660 W Main and the Bulls Head area.

The City of Rochester brings you City Living Sundays


Learn how easy and truly affordable it is to own a home in the city! Join the City of Rochester for: how to buy seminars, affordability counseling by lending experts, loan details, school and neighborhood information, and open houses on Sunday, March 17 (west side, T. Roosevelt School No.43) and Sunday, March 24 (east side, East High School). The Landmark Society is partnering with the City to offer neighborhood preview tours the Saturday before each City Living Sunday. Registration required (call 546-7029 x11). While these tours are offered free to prospective homeowners, they are not part of our leisure tour travelogue program. Please refrain from registering if you are not a first time homebuyer or a buyer relocating to the city. Visit the City of Rochester’s website for complete details.