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Hey YUPs!

It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from us–that’s because we’ve been busy planning events and projects for the summer. If you want to get involved in a YUP project, email Caitlin at The Landmark Society to see where we can match your talents with our projects. (We’re especially looking for photography and graphic design talent!)

Vinyl Siding Striptease – this weekend!


Vinyl is billed as a maintenance free and even sometimes as an environmentally friendly product. But preservationists know there’s more to the story. Vinyl siding is a problematic treatment for historic properties–it usually obscures details that make older homes so appealing and it traps moisture within the assembly of your wall, leading to accelerated deterioration.

Perhaps more importantly, vinyl is made of PVC, which is known to cause serious health and environmental hazards during its production from the release of carcinogenic and greenhouse gases. It is known to off-gas formaldehyde fumes after being installed as well as releasing fatal levels of formaldehyde, hydrogen chloride, and dioxin when burned. PVC is very difficult to recycle through normal processes, and so, is usually burned or placed in a landfill.

The YUPs are partnering with ReHouse Architectural Salvage, who will take possession of the vinyl siding and foam insulation board beneath it to ensure that these materials be put to a higher and better use than ending up in a landfill or burned. If you’re curious about what’s underneath, come on out to the Vinyl Siding Striptease and help us reveal the beautiful and whimsical wood siding. We’ll supply the handy siding removal tool; you bring your work gloves!

Saturday, May 16th | 2:00 PM | 288 Wimbledon Rd.

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Introducing Backroads & Byways

Save the date! On Saturday, June 13th, in partnership with Slow Road Travel, we’re renting a big yellow school bus and taking 40 YUPs on the road less traveled to explore the historic Erie Canal village of Medina. We’re getting you behind-the-scenes access to in-progress building rehabs, a completed loft conversion, and showcasing exciting local businesses and projects that are breathing new life into this small community. Tickets go on sale soon!

Save the Date: Bikes, Beer & Buildings returns


Your favorite YUP original–Bikes, Beer & Buildings, is back! Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 11th. Details coming soon.

Volunteer at The Landmark Society’s House & Garden Tour


From YUP steering committee member, Chris Brandt:

The Landmark Society will be conducting its 45th annual House and Garden Tour on the weekend of June 6-7. One of the homes on the tour this year will be volunteer-staffed completely by YUPs. It is with that in mind that I am reaching out to you to find ready and willing volunteers. The details are as follows…

The YUPs will be hosting 1780 Highland Avenue on Saturday, June 6th of the tour. We need 5-6 volunteers for each shift. The morning shift is from 9:30am to 1:00pm. The afternoon shift is 12:30pm to 4:00pm. If you volunteer, you will receive a free ticket to go on the tour of eight homes at your leisure on Sunday or Saturday before/after your shift. Your responsibility as a host is primarily to ensure tour goers’ and the house’s safety, keeping the flow of traffic moving, as well as presenting some limited information on the room you are located in (which I will provide).

1780 Highland Avenue is a tudor revival style house built in 1927 for Emil and Elizabeth Rodenbeck and designed by local architect Leander McCord. The current owners purchased the house from the Rodenbeck estate. There are a lot of unique and interesting features throughout the home including the “new” kitchen which repurposed and reorganized all of the original gumwood and leaded glass cabinetry.

Please contact me if you are interested in helping out.

Join us for the Color Run!

A few of us YUPs created a team for the Color Run on May 23rd. Why not join us?! Click here to sign up for Team YUP!

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