43rd Annual House & Garden Tour
Tickets now on sale!
A quiet residential retreat – yet steps from one of the most exciting areas in Rochester. That’s the treat in store for tour-goers at this year’s House and Garden Tour, in a neighborhood to the south of Park Avenue. Homeowners on the beautiful Westminster Road, the charming Canterbury Road, and other streets in the area are opening their homes for you. There will be 10 private homes to tour, as well as an architecturally significant school. Most have not been open for a tour in 20 years – and two of them have never been open to the general public. Online sales are now open for this one-of-a-kind tour!
June 8 and 9 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. | $18/members, $22 non-members | Purchased tickets can be picked up or will be mailed after May 17.
Public Forum: Development in Preservation Districts
The Landmark Society is partnering with the Park-Meigs Neighborhood Association to hold a public forum on the evening of Tuesday, May 21. Up for discussion: the timely and controversial topic of new development in preservation districts. A panel of speakers, representing developers, homeowners, business owners, urban planners, and The Landmark Society, will offer their perspective, followed by an open question and answer session. These are just some of the questions we’ll try to address: Can new development benefit preservation districts? How can the new co-exist with the old? What is “good” development?
May 21 | 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. | The Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave. | Free and open to the public. | Event Calendar listing
Sacred Sites Open House
On May 18-19, the New York Landmarks Conservancy will sponsor its annual Sacred Sites Open House. The Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program is the country’s oldest and largest statewide program providing financial and technical assistance to historic religious properties. Since 1986, Sacred Sites grants totaling $7.7 million have mobilized more than $540 million in restoration and repair projects statewide.
Two Rochester churches will participate in the Open House:
Parsells Avenue Community Church: 345 Parsells Ave., May 18 & 19, 2-4 p.m. Guided tours of the church sanctuary, stained glass windows, and performance on the historic,
three manual, E.M. Skinner pipe organ (1926). Light refreshments will be served.
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church: 1124 Hudson Ave., May 19, 3-5 p.m. Visitors are invited to the church for self-guided tours during which they can learn about St. Stanislaus’ architecture, artwork, and history. Parish historian Kathleen Urbanic and artisan Sandra Bialaszewski will be available to answer questions and provide information about the 104-year-old structure.
Visit the New York Landmark Conservancy’s website for a full list of Open Houses across New York State.