2023 House & Garden Tour: Brighton Browncroft

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Ticket holders will be invited to tour six private homes, including fabulous mid-century modern homes and early 20th century classic houses; along with two special gardens.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. This year, your ticket is good for both days of the tour, with a limit of one visit to each site.

Scroll down to purchase tickets, but please make sure to read the “HOW WILL IT WORK” section of this page BEFORE purchasing.

The Tour Neighborhood:

The Brighton Browncroft neighborhood is a segment of the Browncroft neighborhood – but located in Brighton, rather than the City of Rochester. While some of the street names may be the same as the Rochester Browncroft area, the layout is quite different. Instead of a grid of city streets, the area features undulating roadways, a central triangular park, and a classically inspired bridge traversing a creek. Since it’s located on the heights above Ellison Park, some of the homes have distinctive lots, featuring picturesque ravines.

Houses on the tour include a fabulous mid-century modern house designed by Olga Valvano, a Harvard graduate and one of the first female architects in our area. Its neighbor was designed by celebrated African American architect Thomas Boyde, Jr. An additional mid-mod that defies description (no, you are not entering a garage!) and three classic early 20th century houses complete the tour – along with two wonderful and very different gardens.

Ticket holders will receive an informational program on the history and architecture of the homes, in digital and printable format – they may also pick up a printed program at tour headquarters during the tour.

Since this is a tour of private homes, please be advised that the houses are not physically accessible and all require steps to enter. Walkers or other assistive devices are not permitted in the private homes.

How will it work?

Important Details for the 2023 Tour:

  • Tour tickets must be purchased in advance (no day of tour sales.) Your ticket is good both days of the tour, with a limit of one visit to each site.
  • Purchase your ticket online, and on the day of the tour bring your ticket receipt to Tour Headquarters to receive your map pass to the tour, required to enter the homes.
  • Masks are encouraged in the homes, and will be required if a specific homeowner requests it in their home.
  • Young children/babies will be refused entry to the private homes. Children over 12 years may attend if they can wear a mask properly, where requested. They must have their own full-price ticket.
  • When you purchase your tickets, you will receive a confirmation email with directions on how to obtain your map pass (required to enter the houses) at the start of your tour day, as well as parking information. Be sure to check your spam folder so you don’t miss that important email!
  • Prior to the tour dates you will receive a second email with a link to download the program, or you may simply read it online. You may also choose to pick up a print copy at Tour Headquarters.
  • Tour headquarters (open tour days only) is at Mercy High School Gallery.
  • This is a tour of private homes, that may not be physically accessible, may require steps to enter and may have narrow passageways. We regret that assistive devices such as walkers or wheelchairs are not permitted in the homes.

Tickets are available on our website ONLY. You must have a valid email address to receive your tickets, but please note that it is not necessary to create an EventBrite account to purchase. You may check out as a “Guest.”

Landmark Society member ticket – $30
Nonmember ticket- $40


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Contact Cindy Boyer or give us a call at 585-546-7029



Richard Sarkis


House Tour Sponsor