October 23, 2012 Landmark Alerts

Ghost Walk this weekend ONLY

Discover the gruesome effects of not one plague – but two – on the daily life of past Rochesterians. Learn why you should never, EVER take a shortcut under a meat market awning. And decide for yourself if a voice from beyond the grave changed Rochester history. Ghost Walk tickets are still available for this Friday (October 26) and Saturday (October 27). Take a moonlit stroll through a beautiful historic neighborhood and meet the “ghosts” of Rochester’s darker past. Tickets are available at The Landmark Society website or in person at Parkleigh (215 Park Ave).*

Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave. | Advance Tickets: $17, $12 (members)* | Purchase tickets here

*Discounted member tickets available through The Landmark Society only.

2012 Preservation Awards: Come one, come all!

The Landmark Society’s 2012 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall. Awards are given to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes.This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Join us and see firsthand the success stories that have preserved our heritage and helped revitalize our communities.

Sunday, November 4 | 3 p.m. | Rochester City Hall, 30 Church St. | FREE! | Complete Info

New Landmark Society grant program

We were very proud last week to announce the launch of a new grant program–The Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund. The program will fund pre-construction/design study tasks such as code studies, conceptual designs, existing condition documentation and project cost estimates to help make improvements to at-risk buildings.The Landmark Society will be able to assist projects at their inception and help navigate the funding recipients through the intricacies of making improvements to historic sites.

The first grant was awarded to the City of Rochester to fund architectural services for 54.5 Madison St. in the Susan B. Anthony Preservation District. Funding was used to develop a floor plan, elevations and construction documents. The outcome allowed the City of Rochester the needed resources to obtain cost estimates for restoration work. Rehab work on this vernacular, early 20th century home will begin this fall. Visit our website to learn more about the program.

Corn Hill Holiday Tour tickets on sale

The Corn Hill Neighbors Association will hold its 27th annual Corn Hill Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 1, 2012. The eight featured houses include: a gracious Eastlake Victorian home on tour for the first time, several historic Italianate Villa residences, a magnificent Greek Revival mansion/former museum, a 19th century Carriage House with a fascinating past, as well as two elegant, contemporary townhouses—all festively decorated for the holidays. The landmark Immaculate Conception Church on Lunsford Circle will serve as the gathering place and the Hervey Ely mansion at Livingston Park will host refreshments and carolers. Ticket prices for the 9 a. m. and 12 noon tours remain at $22 and the ticket for the enhanced 4 p.m. Candlelight Tour (which includes hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, hot wassail and live entertainment) is $28. Purchase your tickets through the Corn Hill Neighbors Association online at the CHNA website or by calling CHNA at 262-3142.