March 12, 2014 Landmark Alerts

Conference Registration Live!




Registration for the 2014 New York Statewide Preservation Conference is officially open! Take advantage of discounted Early Bird registration now through April 1st. Registration gets you access to all Conference events on Friday, 4/25 and Saturday, 4/26, as well a pre-Conference film screening and dessert reception on Thursday, 4/24. Our Friday and Saturday keynote speakers are passionate experts in the fields of planning, preservation, economics, and real estate development–you won’t want to miss them (click here for a profile).

This year’s theme is: FILL IN THE BLANK: Defining Preservation, A New York Statewide Conference. We want to know what preservation means to you and what it could mean to others who are working to better their communities. So, join us in April to help Fill in the Blank.


AIA/CES credits will be offered through AIA Rochester.

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Olmsted Bridges Named to “Seven to Save”


Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe

At a press conference on Thursday, February 28th, The Preservation League of New York State announced that they have named the three Olmsted pedestrian bridges in Rochester’s Genesee Valley Park to its list of the Empire State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save. We were delighted to have the support of many partners and stakeholders who braved the cold at this announcement including Deputy Mayor, Leonard Redon; Monroe County Parks Director, Larry Staub; and representatives from Parks and Trails New York, Canal Society of New  York State, the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the Western Erie Canal Alliance, and the 19th Ward Community Association. With this announcement, the League hopes to launch a collaborative effort with local stakeholders such as the City of Rochester, Monroe County, the NYS Department of Transportation and The Landmark Society, to devise a plan for stewardship of the bridges, which were also included in our 2013 Five to Revive list. Visit our website for more info.

Upcoming workshop: Partners Roundup on March 24th in Palmyra

Photo Courtesy Bero Architecture, PLLC
Photo Courtesy Bero Architecture, PLLC

We’ve reformatted and renamed our Spring & Fall Preservation Boards/Commissions Workshops. Introducing the……Spring & Fall Partners Roundups. Why the name change? While we strongly encourage members of HPCs and other municipal boards to continue attending, we wanted to broaden the reach of these events to include anyone who is advocating for the reuse of historic resources in his/her community, whether you represent a local government, a non-profit organization, or you’re just an interested citizen. The workshops will continue to be offered free of charge and we will continue to provide you with important and current training in the field of historic preservation planning.

The Spring Partners Roundup will take place Monday, March 24th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Palmyra Community Library, 402 East Main St.

Featured speakers:the Western Erie Canal Alliance (WECA), PathStone, and the NY Cultural Heritage Tourism Network. WECA will provide an overview of the Main Street Four-Point Approach® to community revitalization.  As an added treat, staff from Bero Architecture PLLC will provide a brief overview of the completed and ongoing rehab of Library’s new home, the former Garlock Office Building.

>>Visit our website calendar for complete details.

The Spring Partners Roundup is sponsored by Bero Architecture PLLC.

125 Years of Rochester’s Parks

RRH_Mar2014_8x11Pstr_F Celebrate the 125th birthday of the Rochester park system. Katie Eggers Comeau will discuss her recent contribution to the journal Rochester History, tracing the city’s many parks from their 19th-century beginnings through the present. Learn about the fascinating backstory of old favorites, like Highland, Genesee Valley, and Seneca Parks, as well as such modern counterparts as Turning Point Park.

Katie Eggers Comeau is the architectural historian at Bero Architecture PLLC, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association for Olmsted Parks. Prior to joining the Bero Architecture staff in 2010, she was the Director of Preservation Services at the Landmark Society of Western New York, where her projects included extensive documentation of and advocacy for Rochester’s historic park system. The lecture will be followed by a Question and Answer session. Copies of Comeau’s article will be for sale, and the author will be available to sign them.

Sunday, March 16 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. | Rundel Auditorium, 3rd floor, Rundel Memorial Building | Sponsored by the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. Call 585-428-8370 for more information.